SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— An online gaming distribution website may have angered some of its users by removing portions of a game from their libraries.
Steam, the gaming company, had previously pulled the plug on a game called ‘Order for War’ but then went ahead and deleted parts of the game that let users play against each other.
This raises the question of how much we really own things we have but is stored in the cloud. Is there a way to protect something you’ve bought?
In a broader context, what happened was they shut down a server and made the changes. The single-player function continued to operate, but the game didn’t function as it normally had.
Apparently some code was pulled from the users’ devices and it’s not the first time this happened. A far more serious thing happened a number of years ago with Amazon where they pulled a book from people’s Kindles.
In that instance it was a book, which I can’t remember the title of, that they thought they had the license for, but it turned out they didn’t.