Originally Posted by Domino
Originally Posted by Riou
This is one of the problems of digital distribution and licensing. Companies like EA, Valve, Microsoft, or Apple can just disable purchases at will. There are no laws that explicitly defines consumer rights and software licensing. Caveat emptor.
Do you know for sure that there are no laws to protect you. 9 times out of 10, no one reads the ToS or legal papers when they give the box a check.
They are distributing you a service. However, if you cheat, abuse other players, misuse the service, hack other accounts, etc., I'm sure anyone is fine with them eliminating their account as they making it unfair for thousands of other players.
VERY RARELY does the TOS apply in court. I'm 99% sure if you went to small claims court against steam, you could get your account unblocked, or your dollar value of your games back.
Most people in court would see it as steam taking away products worth hundreds, maybe thousands, of dollars. Chances are you would get your account back and/or you money.
Especially because steam isn't directly related to hacking/cheating/ect unless its a Valve game