Earlier in the week, it became clear that Valve was deactivating copies of The Orange Box that were purchased internationally for use in different countries.
Today, Valve's Doug Lombardi responded through ShackNews.com:
"Valve uses Steam for territory control to make sure products authorized for use in certain territories are not being distributed and used outside of those territories."
"In this case, a Thai website was selling retail box product keys for Thailand to people outside of Thailand. Since those keys are only for use in Thailand, people who purchased product keys from the Thai website are not able to use those product keys in other territories."
His solution? Buy a new, "legal" copy authorized in your own country.
"Some of these users have subsequently purchased a legal copy after realizing the issue and were having difficulty removing the illegitimate keys from their Steam accounts," added Lombardi. "Anyone having this problem should contact Steam Support to have the Thai key removed from their Steam account."
What do you think, noble TheFeed reader? Should these people feel the sting of deactivation simply for trying to save a few bucks? Is Valve right to do this?
ShackNews.com: Valve Responds to Steam Territory Deactivations