There's been a new development in a court case that has been going on since 2014, between the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, and the sometimes game makers, and giant game distributors, Valve.
And, long story short, Valve just lost the latest round of legal wrangling.
The case revolved around the ACCC's claims that Valve made misleading representations to Australian gamers in regards to gaurantees. In 2016, the Federal Court found that Valve did in fact have a case to answer, and that it should pay a $3 million penalty for its actions. Valve, unsurprisingly, sought to appeal the decision.
But that's a big NOPE, according to the High Court of Australia, which has today dismissed Valve's application.
“This important precedent confirms the ACCC’s view that overseas-based companies selling to Australian consumers must abide by our laws. If customers buy a product online that is faulty, they are entitled to the same right to a repair, replacement or refund as if they’d walked into a store,” ACCC Commissioner Sarah Court said in today's release.
Pay up, Valve!