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Old 01-04-2012, 09:55 AM   #1
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What Would Happen if Steam Closed? (Went Out of Business)

Just curious to know what happens if one day Steam goes out of business or decides to close down. What happens to our games? Some people have over 500 games they have downloaded, however they cant run unless they are connected to Steam. If Steam were to close what would happen to these games? We have no box or CD code to allow them to run because they were all downloaded and validated through steam.

I am thinking of the difference between Steam and Gamestorm.com. With Gamestorm you played games online with other players however you never owned the game so when they shut down nothing could be done of the situation.

With Steam we actually purchase and own the game therefore what recourse do we have should one day Steam close and we still want to play the games we own?

Not that this will ever happen but I am curious about our investment in all these games we have purchased.
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Old 01-04-2012, 09:58 AM   #2
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Well, you installed your games on your system. You still got access to the install files, so in worst case scenario that Steam would close down one way or another, you still got your games.
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Old 01-04-2012, 09:59 AM   #3
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Valve is the company

Why in the holy hell can people not understand this? It boggles my mind.
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:00 AM   #4
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Because there is very little on steam itself to promote its self as Valve owned.
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:01 AM   #5
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thread number 320,218 about this topic...
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:01 AM   #6
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You don't own the game on steam. You own the license to play the game on steam. Actually that's how all PC games tend to work now.
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:01 AM   #7
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Valve is the company

Why in the holy hell can people not understand this? It boggles my mind.
Wanna post a comment that actually matters?


I heard somewhere in a statement that there is absolutely no worry if steam did go out of business. You will still have access to all your game files even if you didn't install them beforehand.
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:02 AM   #8
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We would finally stop having this thread over and over.
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:03 AM   #9
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oh look its this thread again
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:04 AM   #10
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If Valve went out of business, Neptune himself would rise from the waves and cause an all-consuming mega-tsunami that would annihilate Earth and its 3 closest neighbouring planets.

I thought everyone was aware of this.
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:04 AM   #11
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Gabe has already stated in the past that some sort of patch would be released to remove Steam authentication.

Although at this stage you could say that Steam has become too large to go under. If Valve ever ran into difficulty (not going to happen) then I am sure another company would be interested in taking Steam onboard alongside its users.
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:05 AM   #12
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thread number 320,218 about this topic...
Your reply isn't so original either.
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:05 AM   #13
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oh look at me i'm such an smartass, saw this post before so instead of telling the guy what he wants i'm gonna take my time to post crap but make it sound like i don't care. I mean new users? who? what? i'm the only one that matters.
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:06 AM   #14
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impossible situation if all major developers use steam to sell their products and use the service's drm. the costs of maintaining steam arent that high, plus record profits keep coming in with every new sale.
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:06 AM   #15
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Simple answer, nobody knows, but you would likely lose access to a good portion of your games unless another company is able to come along and take over. People will tell you Valve will release a magic patch that will free your games from the service, but this is nothing more than a rumor. The original post stating this has been deleted, and the logistics of dealing with other publishers and removing DRM from their products would be a nightmare legally.
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