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MechSpike

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#1 13 years ago

Okay guys, here is the big question. Everyone knows at LAN parties everyone just passes around a game CD for everyone to install so you can all play with each other on the same game. So how is this different with Steam. I have looked everywhere and I can't find anyone asking questions related to this. The question is...can me and my X amount of friends play LAN with one account. Because not everyone has Steam accounts and owns all the games. So for instance if I go to a LAN party couldn't I just let everyone log onto a Steam account that has access to all the games. Download the games we want and update them. And then all unhook the internet connections and play in offline mode. This is relatively the same thing as one person bringing a CD for a game to pass around so people can play. So would this work? Does Valve allow it? I have always tried to figure out how to play LAN on Steam because I am so used to just going to LAN parties and having people show me new games and letting me install them and then we all play. So I always tried to figure out how to do that with Steam. I think this is the solution so please someone give me some feedback on this subject I have a LAN party coming up real soon and I have to know if this works. I don't want me or my friends accounts getting banned because we let other LAN players play our games offline. Thanks for reading.




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#2 13 years ago
MechSpikeEveryone knows at LAN parties everyone just passes around a game CD for everyone to install so you can all play with each other on the same game.[/QUOTE] You're not supposed to do that.
MechSpikeSo how is this different with Steam.[/QUOTE] Steam forces you to have individual accounts. [QUOTE=MechSpike]...can me and my X amount of friends play LAN with one account...I just let everyone log onto a Steam account that has access to all the games. Download the games we want and update them. And then all unhook the internet connections and play in offline mode.
No. You'd get banned eventually. [QUOTE=MechSpike]I don't want me or my friends accounts getting banned because we let other LAN players play our games offline. Thanks for reading.

Well, then make sure everybody buys the games you want to play. With Steam, you pay to play. ;)




MechSpike

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Uhh...wait but that doesn't make any sense. If I buy Half Life 2 or any Valve game off a Steam account that should give me the full right to install and play that on my 3 computers. I own the game so I should be able to do that. Or if I buy a new computer I should be able to install it on that for instance. As a matter of fact a long while back I installed Half Life 2 on a friends computer from my Steam account so he could try it out. So your saying my Steam account could get banned because of that? Isn't that a little ridiculous. Installing it on personal computers is no different than sharing it with friends to play LAN so how is that risking getting my account banned? Please explain.




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#4 13 years ago
MechSpikeUhh...wait but that doesn't make any sense. If I buy Half Life 2 or any Valve game off a Steam account that should give me the full right to install and play that on my 3 computers.[/QUOTE] Wrong. One game per computer. Read the EULA.
MechSpikeI own the game so I should be able to do that.
Wrong again. You own a LICENSE to play VALVe's game. It's not your game. [QUOTE=MechSpike]...a long while back I installed Half Life 2 on a friends computer from my Steam account so he could try it out. So your saying my Steam account could get banned because of that?

http://steampowered.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/steampowered.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=10&p_created=1092152126&p_sid=2A-Fx5Lh&p_lva=&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPSZwX3NvcnRfYnk9JnBfZ3JpZHNvcnQ9JnBfcm93X2NudD0yNzAmcF9wcm9kcz0mcF9jYXRzPSZwX3B2PSZwX2N2PSZwX3BhZ2U9MQ**&p_li=&p_topview=1




MechSpike

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#5 13 years ago

Great thanks. You just answered my question with that last link. You can play at LANs with just one Steam account without risk of being banned. You just can't play online with the same account on two computers. Thank again!




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#6 13 years ago

It's still not legal to have more than one person using the same copy at the same time, regardless if an account will be banned or not.




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#7 13 years ago

Alright...even if it is in offline mode?




Ensign Riles VIP Member

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#8 13 years ago

Yes. Read the EULA, it doesn't matter if it is online or offline, simultaneous use of one copy isn't legal.




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#9 13 years ago

Eula?




Ensign Riles VIP Member

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#10 13 years ago

End User Licence Agreement The thing you agreed to in order to install the game....




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