Can Steam detect Pirated games/isos?

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  1. I_AM_BIB
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    I_AM_BIB The One and Only BiB

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    If I connect my games to steam (pirated ones), I've heard that they can detect the pirated games, but if I have downloaded it using an ISO for the game, can they still detect it's a pirate copy?
     
  2. Kouen Hasuki

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    Not as far as I know but exit steam to be sure
     
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  3. Satangel

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    No they can't. They can't, and even if they could, they wouldn't do anything to you or to your PC.
     
  4. Minox

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    As far as I'm aware they're perfectly able to detect pirated copies, but to my knowledge they also haven't done anything about it for quite some time.

    Even so, I wouldn't recommend having Steam running whilst playing such games.
     
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  6. PityOnU

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    ...why do you want to connect your pirated games to Steam?

    Cracks mean no actual Steam functionality... so...
     
  7. Carnivean

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    If they can they haven't historically done anything about it. As long as you aren't using a crack that pretends to be a demo to enable online etc. you should be golden.
     
  8. Originality

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    As mentioned, they can detect pirated copies of games. They generally don't care so long as its not trying to use any steam services (e.g player matching in L4D). You can link steam to your pirated games, but the only advantage that gets you will be the steam overlay. In steam, it'll show up as a "non-steam app".

    As for the ways to "hack/pirate" steam games... I don't know anything.
     
  9. earlynovfan

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    I just add shortcuts to my pirated legally owned games. So everyone can know what I'm playing :P
     
  10. Kirito-kun

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    Yes they can, Steam regularly scans you system and produces a list of installed software, that can or cannot be sent to Valve, depending on if you approve the dialogue. I forgot where is in the settings, but you actually view your software information through Steam.

    However, they're not actually going to do anything about pirated games. They're definitely not going to ban your account as that would make no sense. Take away people's method of obtaining legally bought games? That'll just cause people to turn to more piracy. In fact, Gabe Newell himself said that he doesn't mind piracy.

    I actually know a lot of people who do this and never heard of anyone getting in trouble for doing so.
     
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    What do you mean by connect? Adding a non-steam game, or using a pirated game like L4D or any other games that uses their servers? Because the former is perfectly safe.
     
  12. I_AM_BIB
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    I_AM_BIB The One and Only BiB

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    Sorry for the late reply, but thanks everyone.

    Well by connect, I meant adding a non-Steam game, but I was just thinking, is there actually any point of adding these games to Steam, i.e achievements?
     
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    Doesn't Steam ban you from the servers or something?
    No wait... that was with cheating only..
     
  14. Clarky

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    You wouldn't get achievements unless you bought it on steam anyway
     
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    Alright, thanks.
     
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    The only real point of adding non-steam games are letting your friends know what you're playing, Steam overlay integration (in most games) aaand having it conveniently in your steam library to clear up desktop/general icon clutter.

    Steam will do absolutely nothing about pirated games, I hooked Skyrim and plenty of other 'borrowed' games to my steam and launched them with it, 0 problems ever.

    Xfire still exists? I know some crappier games tried to force xfire on me before ages ago, but since no one ever used it I never bothered. Thought it died long ago, haven't heard of or seen it in a looong time.
     
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    Yep, still exists.
    It's not widely known since Steam took it's spot.
    But Xfire still has regular updates.
     
  18. trumpet-205

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    Stem only does one thing, detect trainer/cheater and will ban you if use them while playing online.
     
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