188. That’s the number of games I own in my Steam library. 7. That’s the number of games I have installed in Steam. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a service that let me resell unwanted games, completed titles or the ones I bought because they were on some crazy special and I have no intention of ever playing?
According to Eurogamer, the Court of Justice of the European Union has recently ruled that publishers are not allowed to stop the end user from reselling purchased games. Beyond this, the specific phrasing doesn’t merely limit this ruling to games, taking into account any form of digitally purchased software. Imagine the potential of buying a secondhand digital copy of an Adobe suite or an operating system, and you start to see the potential for savings.
The result of this ruling is that anyone living in a state covered by the European Union can legally resell their digitally purchased products, regardless of how many End User License Agreements they’ve scrolled past and clicked ‘I Agree’ on. Now, where’s that online petition to make Australia a member of the European Union?
Jokes aside, the reality is that it’s up to the EAs and Valves of this world to implement a feature that would facilitate reselling for end users. The ball’s in your court, guys. No pressure.