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You went about "getting their attention" the wrong way and now it's the fault of Valve? I don't see how this makes sense.

Valve has virtually no customer service and has not responded to my previous issue submitted over a week ago. Its not in their interest to reply to customers issues it seems.
Valve wrongfully took money from me, and I opened a dispute through paypal which was the payment method. How am I in the wrong here?
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Yeah Steam has terrible customer support. It takes absolutely FOREVER for them to respond to your emails.
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I did close the dispute right away, mostly in fear of losing my account I spent well over a $1200 and 8 years building.
Still, Valve should not be threatening customers and forcing them into binding arbitration through them solely, otherwise they reserve the right to ban you.
If you open a paypal dispute with Amazon over something you bought, can they go back and repossess everything you bought from them over the last several years in retaliation?
Maybe with their digital stuff. Should be easily reversed in your case with Steam. This is known issue with Steam and I can kind of see their side of it. I haven't had issue with their CS, but it would be nice if they had phone support.
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Disputing payment is a pretty serious thing to do, this is why you don't do it just to "make them pay attention".

I have to echo this. Per the paypal terms of use, they are to be used as a last resort after you've explored your remedies with the "seller".

You have to keep in mind that Valve does not have a "customer service department". Their regular staff (developers, coders, designers, artists and more) all take time from making games to answer support tickets. Compare making awesome games and answering irate 13 year olds who are pissed off they didnt like a game. It's pretty obvious what their priority is. I've had to go through Valves customer service multiple times in the past, and as long as you make a sound argument, relay it professionally and thank them for their time you normally see a sucessful turnaround in 3-4 days. Yeah its not instant satisfaction, but in the end I've had my money refunded (not steam wallet credit) for a preorder and for a game that was released/live without issue. Try to do that anywhere else.
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Valve has virtually no customer service and has not responded to my previous issue submitted over a week ago. Its not in their interest to reply to customers issues it seems.
Valve wrongfully took money from me, and I opened a dispute through paypal which was the payment method. How am I in the wrong here?

You stated yourself that if a dispute is started via PayPal against a Steam purchase, that you're account is subject to termination. This is why the situation went wrong. You started a dispute, they responded in kind as stated.

They took the exact amount that the game costs: $59.99 (No more, no less. No problem here.)

It was all taken via PayPal and not from your Steam Wallet prior. Which is the problem. You've submitted a ticket, which is likely amongst thousands upon thousands of others, a week ago and still haven't received a response. It is likely a low priority issue given that you didn't get over charged.

I'm not saying this situation is wrong, but the method you used to grab their attention for the issue is incorrect. Be patient. You have to be.
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Patience and professionalism go a long way. I see where all the hate for Steam customer service comes from, but that doesn't justify trying to circumvent it all together (not that it was your intention to do so). They delineate all of the payment dispute details in their legal disclosure, so it's not outlandish for them to adhere to them.
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I understand your concerns OP, but I dont think that opening a dispute is the right thing to do. It can have very nasty consequences on one's paypal account. And if you think that valve's CS is bad, you would probably want to tear apart the tacos at paypal.

Valve's CS has always been alright with me, btw.
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I have to echo this. Per the paypal terms of use, they are to be used as a last resort after you've explored your remedies with the "seller".
You have to keep in mind that Valve does not have a "customer service department". Their regular staff (developers, coders, designers, artists and more) all take time from making games to answer support tickets. Compare making awesome games and answering irate 13 year olds who are pissed off they didnt like a game. It's pretty obvious what their priority is. I've had to go through Valves customer service multiple times in the past, and as long as you make a sound argument, relay it professionally and thank them for their time you normally see a sucessful turnaround in 3-4 days. Yeah its not instant satisfaction, but in the end I've had my money refunded (not steam wallet credit) for a preorder and for a game that was released/live without issue. Try to do that anywhere else.
I really disagree with this

Valve is a huge corporation now. I would think the majority of PC gamers have Steam installed on their computers. They make an insane amount of money and Gabe Newell himself has a net worth of 1.5 billion.

If its true what youre saying about them not having a customer service department at all and its coders and developers replying (I think this is entirely false by the way) then theres a big problem. As stated by others, Valve's customer support is severely lacking for a company their size. They need people to handle billing issues, compatibility problems and everything else that goes along with running a business like this. Theres no excuse for not having a dedicated call center and customer service support team to provide service for a company their size. Cost is definitely not the issue here.

I dont know where you got the complaining 13 year old thing from, but I submitted my other support request a week ago in a professional manner and it still wasnt replied to. Even had I been an "irate 13 year old", its still their responsibility to reply to me since Im their customer and paid for a service. This has nothing to do with instant satisfaction like you say, its about Valve providing adequate customer support for how large they are, and not threatening to ban users when a transaction is disputed.
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You stated yourself that if a dispute is started via PayPal against a Steam purchase, that you're account is subject to termination. This is why the situation went wrong. You started a dispute, they responded in kind as stated.
They took the exact amount that the game costs: $59.99 (No more, no less. No problem here.)
It was all taken via PayPal and not from your Steam Wallet prior. Which is the problem. You've submitted a ticket, which is likely amongst thousands upon thousands of others, a week ago and still haven't received a response. It is likely a low priority issue given that you didn't get over charged.
I'm not saying this situation is wrong, but the method you used to grab their attention for the issue is incorrect. Be patient. You have to be.

I didnt find account termination clause in the TOS until after I submitted the paypal dispute and got the email from Valve threatening the ban.

Dont businesses have to agree to paypals dispute resolution process to be able to allow customers this payment method? I still dont understand how its right for Valve to hang something as big as an account ban over your head so they have full control and you do things their way? This wouldnt be an issue if Valve was an online retailer who sold physical discs that werent tied to an online platform like Steam is. Im still firm in what Valve is doing being completely wrong.
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I didnt find account termination clause in the TOS until after I submitted the paypal dispute and got the email from Valve threatening the ban.
Dont businesses have to agree to paypals dispute resolution process to be able to allow customers this payment method? I still dont understand how its right for Valve to hang something as big as an account ban over your head so they have full control and you do things their way? This wouldnt be an issue if Valve was an online retailer who sold physical discs that werent tied to an online platform like Steam is. Im still firm in what Valve is doing being completely wrong.
Technically Valve is providing a service, nothing more. As such, they have the right to revoke service at any time, for any reason. I'm not certain of the legal implications, but your only recourse, should you choose to challenge them, is civil court.
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