Valve has been delivered some coal in its Christmas stocking by the Australian courts. The US based company’s appeal has been thrown out be the Australian Federal Court. The original ruling of the Australian Federal Court that hit Valve with a three million dollar penalty after it was ruled the company violated the Australian Consumer Law by misleading Australian customers by not offering refunds, not providing warranties for PC games, and offering the appropriate warranties under Australian law.
Valve has not yet announced if they will take their appeal to the High Court of Australia. If they opt not to do so, this means Valve’s three year Australian legal drama will come to a close. If the case is over support for Australian currency on Steam becomes a little more likely as it has been speculated that Valve has avoided the Australian dollar to prove the company does not operate in Australia.