Steam says you can't pass down your account in a will

A recent conversation with Steam seemingly indicates that trying to give a Steam library to a loved one through a will could face problems.

Steam says you can't pass down your account in a will as digital game collections are not inheritable since digital distribution limits ownership as users buy a license, not the product.

Digital distribution in general often carries the limitation that users aren't really buying the product, but rather buying a license to access it, which can potentially be removed at any time.

As digital libraries for games, movies, books, and other media continues to replace buying physical copies, how do you feel about the realization that you don't actually own any of what you've paid for?

Do you think you should be able to resell or transfer your digital licenses?

If a distributor revokes a license for any reason, do you think you should get a full refund at any time?

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  • Makes sense since that is how ownership over digital media works. I'm surprised at how shocked people were after seeing this situation. After all, Steam isn't GOG and is very open about its policy. 

    As a consumer yea of course I am in favor of more ownership laws for digital goods, but I doubt we will get anything as substantial as what physical goods currently have. 

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  • Makes sense since that is how ownership over digital media works. I'm surprised at how shocked people were after seeing this situation. After all, Steam isn't GOG and is very open about its policy. 

    As a consumer yea of course I am in favor of more ownership laws for digital goods, but I doubt we will get anything as substantial as what physical goods currently have. 

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