Steam What Happens

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by Washac, Oct 30, 2011.

  1. Washac macrumors 68020


    Jul 2, 2006

    What happens to all the games I purchase if Steam goes bust ???
  2. anzio macrumors 6502

    Dec 5, 2010
    Innisfil, Ontario, Canada
    I'm sure they'd inform us if they were worried about this scenario.

    I'm almost certain that Steam will not go out of business.
  3. rossip macrumors regular

    Feb 13, 2011
    Valve CEO Gabe Newell actually addressed that in an interview once, saying they would be able to deactivate the DRM so you could play steam games without being logged in (he also said they've tested the scenario internally). Sorry, but I don't currently have a link, but if i find it, i'll post it.
  4. Dagless Suspended


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    I've heard that thing about the DRM removal too, but who knows what will happen. Will Steam vanish? No. If Valve/Steam have no moneys and everything comes crashing down someone will just buy them out and business will continue.
  5. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

    Jethryn Freyman

    Aug 9, 2007
    You can already play them without an active internet connection (at least, you can for Counter Strike and Half Life.) If Steam did go bust and the DRM never got removed, though, I woudn't feel so bad about download a cracked copy.
  6. Washac thread starter macrumors 68020


    Jul 2, 2006

    Thanks for replies.

    How you play with without being online ?
  7. dndlnx macrumors 6502


    Dec 9, 2010
    Some games you just need an internet connection, others don't. But there are no games that require steam itself, except maybe from Valve.

    Interesting...that's cool of them. If you do find, post it up! :)
  8. Objectivist-C macrumors 6502

    Jul 1, 2006
    Steamworks games require Steam for some functionality, probably not trivial to patch out. That said, as mentioned above, Valve has said they'll disable the DRM if they fold Steam; hopefully, the right to do that is written into their licensing agreements with other publishers.

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