Originally Posted by ProfitCounter
Originally Posted by DrBrogbo
Unproven!? Just look at some of the alternatives to Steamworks, such as SecuROM, or Games For Windows Live. Or even Origin, although the evils of that service have been over-exaggerated as well. Also, claiming unproven is the worst kind of straw man argument, as it is entirely impossible to prove.
There's a hardware copy protection that has never been fully cracked (aside from some shady groups claiming they have done so) and isn't Steam. It's called CodeMeter.
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This essentially says it's Valve's, not yours, and implies that it can be taken away when they feel like it.
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Every mod you make is effectively no longer yours.
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So you can't sue Valve for user generated content or mods in general regardless of whether or not you violated the TOS. So if you have mods published on Steam and if someone rips your mods off and puts them on Steam, and Valve allows it, you can't sue.
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It's spelled out so clearly that I can't improve on it.