That’s a bad thing to do, but it’s also understandable.
Every company has moved to exclude class action lawsuits ever since the United States Supreme Court struck down a California law that forbids companies from excluding class action suits in their terms of service.
Valve decided to create a platform that would update games automatically and implement stronger anti-piracy and anti-cheat measures.
Through user polls at the time of its announcement in 2002, Valve also recognized that at least 75% of their users had access to high-speed Internet connections, which would only grow with planned Internet expansion in the following years, and recognized that they could deliver game content faster to players than through retail channels.
I don’t think anyone understood how important the Steam games service would become when it was released in 2003. Valve was a great game developer, but opening a digital game store was an entirely different business with different challenges. If a game is released only through Steam, I will not play it. Valve recently released new terms of service that deny users the right to a class action lawsuit.
Millions of gamers enjoy the service’s seamless community services, low prices and excellent selection. While I will be keeping my current Steam games (of course) I will no longer be buying products there.
Hopefully it will be useful to some other people – please do feel free to drop a comment if you have something to add or feel a correction needs to be made somewhere.
When I first started playing Civilization 5, one of the first things I looked for on the internet was a list of all civilizations and their leaders.
I found a few, but none of them gave a convenient list of each civ, their leader, the unique trait and the special buildings and units they provide.
If is down for us too there is nothing you can do except waiting.
Probably the server is overloaded, down or unreachable because of a network problem, outage or a website maintenance is in progress...
Steam is a digital distribution platform developed by Valve Corporation, which offers digital rights management (DRM), multiplayer gaming, video streaming and social networking services.