IRS Lightheart Jan 24, 2013 @ 5:06pm
Playing one purchased Steam game with two different accounts at the same time.
Hi, I'm new here in Steam.
I bought the game Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead to play the DayZ mod and it is currently downloading.
This is my first time using Steam and I found that it is surprisingly convenient for someone living in my country (except for the currency rate).
One thing about Steam is that if only I can transfer the Arma 2 game into a different account for my girlfriend just so that she can join me in DayZ. I really can't afford to pay again for another copy of the game.

Maybe Steam should add a 'family' account where a family may share one purchased game and play them at the same time. That would save us from constantly paying for the same thing.

I would've go for the physical copy of the game but it is no longer available here in my country.
Last edited by IRS Lightheart; Jan 24, 2013 @ 5:11pm
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Silicon Vampire Jan 24, 2013 @ 5:20pm 
1 game, 1 account. Games can not be transferred or shared. A physical copy is bound by the same limits.

The family account thing isn't going to happen, that gets in to the realm of the cybercafe license.
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IRS Lightheart Jan 24, 2013 @ 5:26pm 
I guess Steam is good for a one-man gamer. Like everyone for themselves, I guess. Thanks for your reply, Silicon Vampire. :)
Silicon Vampire Jan 24, 2013 @ 5:49pm 
I don't know. We have three very active accounts (and a few more not so active) in this household a total of over 500 games. there are many we purchased for each account so we can play together...
IRS Lightheart Jan 24, 2013 @ 6:03pm 
That's right. But I can't really afford to pay somemore.. hmm ... :(
Masqurin Jan 24, 2013 @ 6:19pm 
I thought DayZ is going to Standalone-Version soon anyway and ARMA2 wont be needed anymore?
ChrisW Jan 24, 2013 @ 6:33pm 
Originally posted by isaac_rs:
That's right. But I can't really afford to pay somemore.. hmm ... :(
You need to read the license agreement for all your games. It has never been allowed to do what you want to do with only one copy. There just was never a way to enforce it before programs like Steam.
IRS Lightheart Jan 24, 2013 @ 7:41pm 
Originally posted by Masqurin:
I thought DayZ is going to Standalone-Version soon anyway and ARMA2 wont be needed anymore?

I know. I just can't wait for it.. XD
IRS Lightheart Jan 24, 2013 @ 7:48pm 
Originally posted by ChrisW:
Originally posted by isaac_rs:
That's right. But I can't really afford to pay somemore.. hmm ... :(
You need to read the license agreement for all your games. It has never been allowed to do what you want to do with only one copy. There just was never a way to enforce it before programs like Steam.

Well, at least I get to play it. I guess she has to wait for the standalone version. XD
FryinHigh420 Jan 31 @ 4:24pm 
Originally posted by Silicon Vampire:
1 game, 1 account. Games can not be transferred or shared. A physical copy is bound by the same limits.

The family account thing isn't going to happen, that gets in to the realm of the cybercafe license.

steam already has made a family sharing feature, currently in beta. its called steam family sharing.
AutoCept Jan 31 @ 4:40pm 
Originally posted by FryinHigh420:
Originally posted by Silicon Vampire:
1 game, 1 account. Games can not be transferred or shared. A physical copy is bound by the same limits.

The family account thing isn't going to happen, that gets in to the realm of the cybercafe license.

steam already has made a family sharing feature, currently in beta. its called steam family sharing.

Wouldn't help him in this case though, you still can't play the same game license at the same time. (Or even be playing more than one game per account at a time, as far as I know.)


EDIT: OP, if money is an issue have you considered looking into free to play games to play with your GF? There are some decent MMOs available on steam or elsewhere, a few non-mmos on steam as well. Also, you have to dig for them, but there are a few games on steam that occasionally have a one computer co-op option. Although you need to look carefully at what kind of control requirements it has (Does it need 2 controllers or work with a single keyboard? Etc.).
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swenor Feb 1 @ 12:12am 
Originally posted by FryinHigh420:
Originally posted by Silicon Vampire:
1 game, 1 account. Games can not be transferred or shared. A physical copy is bound by the same limits.
The family account thing isn't going to happen, that gets in to the realm of the cybercafe license.

steam already has made a family sharing feature, currently in beta. its called steam family sharing.
Haha buddy. You think lecturing a global moderator on Steam Family Sharing makes any sense? Silicon Vampire knows it all. I bet he knew about SFS loooooooooong before rumors started leaking to community.

Another thing FryinHigh - OP wants to play ONE game on TWO accounts the same time. SFS doesn't allow that, bo it's a bad suggestion.

Originally posted by 猛撲:
I guess Steam is good for a one-man gamer. Like everyone for themselves, I guess. Thanks for your reply, Silicon Vampire. :)
Don't blame Steam for that. They are only distribution channel and community. Blame game developers for NOT introducing local coop for two or more players on one PC and one screen.
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