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Steam will no longer reimburse players who do this

Although we regularly try to praise the merits of physical games, it must be admitted that dematerialized games have a considerable advantage. On Steam, a sales platform for PC titles well known to gamers, it is possible to have your item refunded in full, without any special conditions other thanyou must have played it for less than 2 hours after its launch. Valve has always applied this rule without batting an eyelid or asking its users for any justification.

But the company, which has always been known for its generosity, is toughening its methods a little. Indeed, Steam does not will refund more if you played more than 2 hours before the game released in question. Until now, the platform did not count early access or even previews in its calculation (access 3 days before for the purchase of a deluxe edition for example) but this is no longer the case. On its site, Valve explains in detail:

When you purchase a title on Steam before the release date, the two-hour gameplay limit for refunds applies, but the 14-day period for refunds will not begin until the release date. For example, if you purchase a game in Early Access or Advanced Access, any play time will count toward the two-hour refund limit. If you pre-purchase a title that is not playable before the release date, you can request a refund at any time before that title’s release, and the standard 14 day/two hour refund period will apply from the release date of the game.

Beneficial for developers, a little less for players

Valve excludes from its rule games in beta testing as well as demos. However, it is better to say that the terrain is undermined. On Steam, many developers offer their title in early access, sometimes for years, to ensure development consistent with players’ expectations and progressive funding. This new rule ensures that no player can spend hundreds of hours on a title to finally request a refund two hours after its final release.

But for players, this means above all that they will have to decide whether to commit their money or not after only two hours of play in early access which is sometimes very shaky. We must not forget that the state of the game must be improved over time and that some titles are in a fairly bad state at the time of their availability, only to become much better after several weeks… or not at all. The choice will prove difficult.

Mark Tyson
Mark Tyson
Freelance News Writer. Always interested in the way in which technology can change people's lives, and that is why I also advise individuals and companies when it comes to adopting all the advances in Apple devices and services.
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