Would Steam ban me for using Pirated games/"add to library"?

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  2. machomuu

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    Nope. As far as Steam is concerned, they're just names. Feel free to add what you want, pirated or otherwise.
     
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    Alright, added all my games to my steam library.
     
  4. migles

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    it is fine, but i do think the cracks will have some problems if you use steam ripped games (i remember i had a conflint)

    if steam really wanted to ban you playing pirated games, they could make the client inspect every exe you launch (just like an AV) and ban you when a cracked game was found.
     
  5. the_randomizer

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    How well does adding emulator to it work? Would that cause issues?
     
  6. migles

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    well, i have this in my memory, in the past i downloaded a game, i added into steam client, the game was left 4 dead or half life, i dont remember which one. but i do remember it had steam dlls in the game directory, i added into steam client and the game couldn't be launched and showed some kind of error, i guessed the dlls were in conflict, but this didn't caused any other secondary effect (i am still not banned in any way)
     
  7. Pagio94

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    You'll have problem if you redeem a pirated code. It's a lot risky
     
  8. Clarky

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    people have made frontends and lauchers for emulators on Steam that work fine
     
  9. the_randomizer

    the_randomizer The Temp's official fox whisperer

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    Good to know that :P
     
  10. machomuu

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    It'll generally work fine, though you have to add the game specifically. But I've added Dolphin, PPSSPP, and PCSX2 games (so, when I click a specific game from the list and will launch the emulator and the game automatically) and they've worked perfectly, even with Steam overlay.
     
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    Only thing that happens is that the game gets removed from your account.
     
  12. Mario92

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    If it's Steamworks game that's pirated I simply wouldn't take the risk. What I have heard friend tried it it does tell that you are in non-steam game, but overlay doesn't work. That's the price you have to pay for not buying the legit version.
    Haven't pirated in years thanks to job and super cheap games so I can't enlighten that issue any further.

    As for anything other I don't think so. Steam client shouldn't send any other information about the program forward other than the name of shortcut. You can even add calc.exe as non-steam game and name it to something like "Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare: Closed Beta"

    I personally haven't used non-steam shortcuts in awhile because of Steams bug always forgetting added games. Not sure have they fixed it yet but haven't bothered to find out.
     
  13. Duo8

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    How?
     
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    I imagine with batch files and command line arguments for the specific emulators
     
  15. Subtle Demise

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    I imagine with batch files and command line arguments for the specific emulators
     
  16. machomuu

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    You have to direct it to the emulator and then, in separate quotes, the path to the game itself.
     
  17. CompassNorth

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    "C:\Users\[User here]\Location\.exe" "C:\Users\[User here]\Location\.rom"
    I think
     
  18. lismati

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    Yes.
    There was a case of people getting banned on Steam by playing a pirated version of HL2, I think.
    But I haven't heard anything about bans from adding pirated games to the library, and I doubt they exist.
     
  19. natkoden

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    Valve won't disable an Steam account just because. Adding shortcuts to your games is not worthy of a disabled account. Just think that you're adding a simple shortcut. You could've bought that game in GOG, physical format or any other platform. The client won't scan the files to see if there's anything weird. It just won't happen.

    Also, Valve only bans you if you cheat on a VAC protected game (Source games and some CoD games). So, no, you won't get banned in a million years for doing this.

    To cover more terrain, if you buy a CDKey outside of steam (you know what I mean) they won't disable the account EVER or remove the game. They will remove the game SOMETIMES if it was activated via VPN.
     
  20. Joe88

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    actually you just receive a VAC ban, so you will not be able to play online on any server using VAC, you can still play your steam games, buy games, trade, ect...
    getting a steam ban would require more serious actions such as using stolen credit cards to purchase games, directly editing steam client files (such as trying to add steam games to your account you did not purchase), phishing, and using hacked clients