Valve pulls a game from Steam library for the first time even

first_imgBack in 2009, developed Order of War, a World War II strategy game. Around one year later, the developer made a standalone multiplayer iteration of the game — Order of War: Challenge — published by Square Enix, and available on Steam. Like most online-only games that require servers, the publishers cannot maintain the servers forever, and eventually the games shut down. Square Enix shut down the servers for Order of War: Challenge — rendering the game unplayable. Instead of allowing the game to fester in your Steam user library list though, Valve wiped its memory from the client — even if you spent money and bought the game.While the game being wiped from the store doesn’t really matter considering it’s no longer playable (unless you were suddenly planning to get deep into Order of War: Challenge hacking), the more important news here is that this is the first time (as far as anyone can tell) Valve has wiped a game from the Steam user library.When Valve removes a game from Steam — which it has done in the past — it’s still normally left alone in users’ libraries. After all, if you purchase a disc-based game at GameStop but the servers are shut down years later, you still have the game disc in your possession — for display purposes, at least. Though Challenge is mostly multiplayer, the game does have a handful of single-player missions. However, the game employs always-on DRM, so without the servers functioning, those missions are not playable anyway.Moaning about always-on DRM isn’t really what to take away from the news — after all, Steam itself is DRM and we all accepted that long ago. Conceivably, Square Enix could have removed the always-on DRM in one final update, granting access to the single-player missions. However, considering the company could not financially sustain the servers no one populated anymore, it likely would not have made any sense to pay people to develop an update.What to take away from the news is a simple reminder that for all your love of Steam, it’s not only DRM — the faintest mention of the term causing the internet to flip out — but if Steam ever shuts down, there’s a good chance you won’t have access to years of purchases. User reports suggest that if you contact Steam support, you can potentially receive a refund.last_img

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