Originally Posted by tpi2007
Hmm, I don't agree with some of the phrasing of the TOS, but you are claiming that they can "Steam can also terminate your account for any reason", but you are putting the wrong sentence in Bold. It's not as straightforward as you make it to be.
There are three situations where they may cancel your account or a single subscription:
1. Where you have a monthly subscription, Valve may terminate the subscription - imagine the publisher is no longer active and the game is essentially unplayable anymore. I agree the terms could be made clearer, but this is the main point;
2. In case you have a single game in your account, Valve may terminate the subscription to it or the access to the game through Steam, and it may (but is not obliged to) give you a standalone copy of said game instead;
3. In the case where you have a free subscription, Valve may chose to either change the terms of the agreement (in which case you can cancel the subscription if you want to, of course), or terminate the subscription. This is probably for those cases where you open a Steam account solely to get free games (for example, Valve gave away Portal last year), or free demos.
So, while I don't agree with some things in here that don't favour the consumer, it's also not true that they can cancel your account in all cases.
You are reading the agreement wrong, Valve may and is capable of prohibiting access to your account.
The termination clause, simply states that Valve may, but is not obliged, to give you a partial refund or replacement product, the bolded part clearly states they may cancel your account at ANY
There is no way that this can be interpreted differently, 'any' is an absolute and is not subject to interpretation in different context, especially not if it serves the role of an adjective for the noun 'time'.
Any time, means 'always'.
And that, is the problem with digital distribution, your association with Steam is based on a license scheme, in other words, you do not purchase the game, you purchase a license to be able to install and use that particular piece of software.
By creating a Steam account, you accept the ToS that Valve commands, which states that Valve, for whatever reason, may cancel your account at any time. Either partially, or as a whole.