When Valve was fined $3 million a couple of years ago, one of the court orders was that a notice was to be visible to all Australian users. And with the High Court rejecting Valve's appeal recently, that notice is now posted online and through the Steam client.
Over the last couple of days, Valve has begun displaying a "Australian Consumer Rights Notice" to Aussie Steam users. The notice contains a link to Justice Edelman's ruling against Valve, which found that the US-based company had violated Australian consumer law by "representing to Australian consumers via the Steam Subscriber Agreement and Steam Refund Policy that consumers had no entitlement to a refund in any circumstances".
Valve's ongoing lawsuit with the ACCC is coming to an end, after the High Court of Australia dismissed the company's special leave application to appeal their $3 million fine.
The lawsuit centred on representations Steam made to users between 2011 and 2014. The full notice, which Australian users can see through the Steam client or the Steam site directly, is below:
More information about the original ruling, and how the case unfolded, can be found below.
This morning the ACCC announced it would be taking Valve to court over its current refund policy. Today we spoke to ACCC Chairman Rod Sims and Regional Director Sam Di Scerni about the issue and some of the reasoning behind today's statement.
We've now been given access to the full reasons for the judgement against Valve. We now know precisely why they lost the case.