Excluded Steam Family Share Games Listed

Steam’s Family Share certainly has potential, but until Valve works out the kinks, it won’t do much for core PC gamers in the near future due to its limitations. Namely, a shared library can only be accessed by one person at a time. Thanks to the watchful, all-seeing eyes of the Internet, we’re now aware of how far another restriction goes: third-party DRM, such as Microsoft’s Games for Windows Live, Ubisoft’s Uplay, and Rockstar’s Social Club, excludes games from the Family Share plan and there are already more than 60 of them.

NeoGAF poster Grief.exe directs us to the sleuths at Steam Database who discovered a file tag that flags the 60-plus games currently excluded from Family Share, including:

  • Fallout 3
  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Assassin’s Creed 3
  • Max Payne 3
  • Far Cry 3
  • BioShock 2
  • Grand Theft Auto IV
  • Defiance
  • Iron Brigade
  • Trials Evolution
  • Dead Rising 2
  • Resident Evil 5
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Of note, strangely, is Valve’s own Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Pure speculation, but it could be that Valve will exclude its shooter from sharing in an effort to block hackers/cheats from exploiting a hole.

It’s free, it’s a step in the right direction, and Valve has already stated it’s a work in progress. In its current state, though, it’s severely limited. Hopefully Valve will work out the kinks. You can give them a hand by joining the Steam Family Share Group and signing up for the beta, which is set to begin later this month.

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1 Comment on Excluded Steam Family Share Games Listed


On September 14, 2013 at 3:28 am

LOL so all the games people actually care about aren’t included. Kinda like PSN’s list of PS1 and PS2 games lololol! Can Vavle fail any harder?