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Activate already owned (e. g. on Steam) games on GOG

Added byEvgeniuz's avatarEvgeniuz

I really like GOG.com and want to buy games here, but I have already many games on Steam and many of them exist here too. It would be really awesome if there was a way to transfer my games here without buying them again at full price. I like the way how iTunes Match working — you pay 25 bucks a year and all your prepurchased music is available in Store. Is such system possible?

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mttrackmaster38
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This would definitely help for people like me trying to go exclusively DRM-free but want to port their libraries over so they aren't attached to Steam any longer. I would like a feature like this.

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yes!

Apr. 21, 2015
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Apr. 20, 2015
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Apr. 19, 2015
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gnodab
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I really wish there was a downvote option everytime I see a entry like this!
Or better yet an auto ban for everyone who demands this kind of entitled lunacy...
If you don't want to support GOG that is one thing, but to demand to be rewarded for this is just insane.
Please stop being evil.

Apr. 18, 2015
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mendel
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I would definitely vote for gog.com showing ownership status elsewhere in my library here, with the corresponding filter when buying from a list (e.g. when a sale is on). isthereanydeal.com is already able to read different accounts and combine the games, maybe gog.com could just contract out to the guy who runs this site for the coding?
In the light of not sending customers to the competition, this should be an opt-in option in the account settings; but if it is that, then a button to start the game via Steam URL (again, isthereanydeal does this) would make it viable to browse games here and install/start them from here, regardless of where I own them. That would make gog.com more attractive as a "game library" application. It would also enable gog.com to target sales emails, as in "you own these games on Steam, to get them DRM free cheap buy now from us, they're on sale".

It is pretty clear to me that getting Steam games onto gog.com isn't going to happen, the potential for fraud is just to high: Find a rich friend who's not interested in gog.com, link their Steam account to your gog.com account: presto, huge gog.com library for free! It may be possible to link accounts (since foreign sites can do Steam logins now), and a system could be set up for selling the gog.com version cheaply (say, 50-99 cents) if the buyer already owns a Steam license, sort of like an add-on. That cost would need to cover gog.com's expenses for the downloads etc.

Apr. 18, 2015
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Cusith
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Doing this for GOG wouldn't be free its the devs/publishers that can generate steam keys. GOG would have to negotiate this service from them and while there might be no cost involved in generating the key there is one in administering the process. GOG would likely lose money in the negotiation with the dev/publisher, as it benefits GOG and potentially hurts them, and then have to create a system for key distribution. I'm not saying its impossible or wouldn't work out in the long term but its far from simple and is not free.

Apr. 9, 2015
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This seems vital, to me. While I understand not wanting to enrich someone else's garden, my preferred environment is the Steam client and when it comes down to choosing between a game on Steam or a game on GOG, I go for Steam. I would much rather buy more games on GOG and just have the option of registering them through Steam. This may not be possible on a lot of titles, but it should be pursued where it is. My understanding is that one can generate all the keys they want for a game via Steam and distribute them to whomever they want (there is no charge to generate keys for your game, that is). So this would be a great gesture that would foster more sales on GOG.

As it is, I tend to purchase my games on Steam (where I have a nearly 2,000 title library) and only purchase them at GOG as a "back up" once the title is ridiculously cheap over here (a couple bucks or so).

The idea of paying a subscription fee for "matching" is unnecessary, however. This simple gesture means that for the fee of zero dollars, you can offer someone a key so they can experience their game through the interface they choose and you get the full sale. Alternately, without a key, that person would just buy it directly on Steam and you lose the 30% cut of that transaction to Valve.

My GOG library is nearly 700 titles, but with this feature, I would likely own the entire catalog and always check GOG before making a purchase, going forward.

Apr. 9, 2015
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Cusith
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Just a small point Humble doesn't do this anything remotely like this. Humble allows the developer/publisher to sell steam keys. Humble doesn't lose money cause its just holding your keys and handling the transaction. Steam takes a loss for this, depending on contracts, but as its the market leader it can afford it. I would also suggest the client plays a role in converting those buyers into steam users but I wouldn't really know having never used it.

Apr. 9, 2015
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raenne
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Gog does do this for certain games (The Witcher 2, for example.) You need to enter the cd key you can find on Steam as a code.

As for people making silly comparisons and complaining that gog will make no money.... that's not the case. In fact, they've recently made a push to allow you to add old physical game keys without re-purchasing.

As for the silly examples, it's more like you buy a digital movie through one of the major cable/ondemand carries, and then expect to *actually* own a physical copy of that DVD. Except that you DO have that right. If you leave your provider, you have the right to ask them to send you a hard copy of EVERY movie you have purchased (not just rented) through them, and they have to send it to you. Straight from a rep from one of those large companies I'm not naming.

Also, those that argue that you are buying a license to use the game ON STEAM, not quite, but close. The reason I disagree is that even a physical copy of any digital media, be it a game, music cd, or movie, always only grants you the right to a license for that product. You never own the product - you can't legally sell access to it like a movie theater, or reproduce the songs at will. Why? Because you only own the right to use them, not the product itself. Whether it's through Steam or another system is irrelevant.

BTW, the link for the Witcher 2 conversion to GoG from Steam: https://steamcommunity.com/linkfilter/?url=http://www.gog.com/witcher/backup

Have fun!

Apr. 8, 2015
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KILLA-CONNI
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Do you want GOG to make no money?
Because that's how you get GOG to make no money.

Do you even think, bros?
And what Efren93 said.

Apr. 5, 2015
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Humble Bundle Store does it, it is a pro-consumer policy and GoG should do it also. Hopefully it is something that the competition will motivate it's implementation, because I really like GoG but I like gathering my library in one place also.

Mar. 25, 2015
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I wonder if the people voting this have basic knowledge about digital rights. You DON'T OWN any of the games, YOU BOUGHT a LICENSE to play it ON STEAM. Got it? GoG doesn't have the need to spend THEIR money on an incredibly painful logistics movement (which needs Steam's consent) to transport the licenses. That without putting in the table the incredible cost of giving to thousands of people games they didn't gave a dime to GoG for and use their bandwidth to download them. Don't you wan't GoG to take your children to the school and pay your electricity bill? Jeez

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Jan. 31, 2015
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Yeiiow
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I voted yes on this a long time ago, now i wish i could take back my vote.

Jan. 19, 2015
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BananaJane
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They're not competitors, steam barely sells any old games

Jan. 18, 2015
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Gaerzi
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This isn't really possible without some sort of direct agreement between Valve and GOG I think. But a way to mark games as being owned outside of GOG, so that they appear in faded colors on the shelf (but you can't download anything from them) and they're marked as being "owned (elsewhere)" in the main game catalogue, would be good.

Otherwise, it's something you can negotiate directly with the game publisher. Give them a proof of purchase and ask them for a GOG redeeming code.

Dec. 14, 2014
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Triloworld
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On Steam you don't BUY ANY GAME. So simple and nobody read license. You only can play. In gog you BUY game and is YOURS. Yes, more you get than from Steam. Because license is diference why we ever vote?!? XD This is soooo stupid wish. Servers on GOG isn't free and they don't get no money from Steam if they allow you to use their site. It's business.

Dec. 12, 2014
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Majmuncic
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Think about legal rights. If you buy a game on Steam, you have permission to play it via Steam. If they make the game available to you on GOG for free, that would probably lead to copyright issues (giving games away for free).

Dec. 7, 2014
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I am a Linux user, I have started Steam before a year a go , I own like 705 Linux Game Titles.
I realy love GOG now since they have added Linux support, but I cant buy games from GOG since I have already my games in Steam and I dont want to purchased them again in GOG.

If there was an option to transfer my games in GOG or if GOG was giving me an optional Steam Key for my Steam Library I would really love that and would support GOG.

Nov. 25, 2014
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isaacrg
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This would actually be awesome.

Nov. 15, 2014
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glassedsilver
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@Rinu: Actually, that's not how iTunes Match works. In fact, even most DRMed music you bought via iTunes when they still locked music with DRM can be upgraded to iTunes Plus (more bitrate and no DRM). Most, because whatever isn't on the Store anymore is not eligible.

Refer to this: https://www.apple.com/itunes/itunes-match/

Nov. 4, 2014
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NCPereira
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The only reason I still use Steam is because of the amount of games I have there. This would be the best thing ever.

Nov. 2, 2014
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haraldknoop
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GOG is not STEAM !

Oct. 26, 2014
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TctclMvPhase
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If this is possible, I think it would be quite useful.

If manual is the only option, I could see how it might be gamed for a random sale. Something like setting everything to owned except for the few games you want. However, it seems like a necessary enough feature to figure out some sort of implementaiton.

Oct. 9, 2014
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For those asking for GoG to give some kind of ability to mark already owned games, there is a dedicated wish for that at http://www.gog.com/wishlist/site/mark_games_as_already_owned_without_purchase so you can vote there without supporting steam activation.

Sep. 14, 2014
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niky45
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I don't really want to be able to activate my steam games on here.

but I would really love to be able to manually mark them as "already owned elsewhere" or something like that. that wouldn't be too much to ask, right??

then the next step would be to just supply steam's profle ID and let GOG itslef mark the already owned games as owned. but I think that would be too much (although many sites offer that feature....) and then you'd have to do for other services too - which could prove more difficult.

Sep. 12, 2014
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Rinu
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The system, Evgeniuz, you describe is kind of available via deep sales.

I assume iTunes Match will remove all your "forein" songs once you stop paying them the fee. This is kind of rental service. GOG has always been offering - pay once, own forever.

If you would be willing to pay fee X for Y amount of games currently available in the system, why not use that budget for picking a couple of games during 80%+ discounts per year?

Sep. 10, 2014
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I'd just like to be able to mark games as Owned, and allow us to Tag the game with a small icon. To denote if it's Steam, or DRM-free from elsewhere, or a physical CD.

Not expecting GOG to support the game I didn't buy from them, nor allow me to download it. Just allow it on my shelf, and show owned with the "other icon" wherever GOG would mark the game as owned, when purchased from GOG.

Maybe, the [BUY] button could be [OWNED [*] Buy from GOG]

Certainly not expecting any discount on games from elsewhere.

It's a pain in the ass trying to keep track of games, CDs, GamersGate (some activated on Steam, some DRM free), the odd thing from EA, the one game from Origin.

I would imagine some others have even more games spread across multiple services.

If GOG doesn't do it, I'm sure at some point some "service" will come along that will at least let you have a centralized location for listing games you own/or have a license for.

Even Gamers Gate shows you all the games you bought from them, whether or not they are Steam or DRM-free downloads. Which is better than GOG at this point.

Sep. 8, 2014
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At the risk to repeat myself :
GOG gets his force by seeling DRM Free games, why do you want to kill this by asking Steam keys ? If you want a game on Steam, just go and buy your game ON STEAM, if you want a DRM Free, go to buy it here but do NEVER mix them.
I bought Elder Scrolls Anthology, what a surprise when I saw Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim disc that was only Steam saved files... I felt betrayed, Now Steam own the world of PC Games. GOG is the only one that still offer games without to ever mention that fat Steam software and stupid users would want to mix them ? God !! I hope you are kidding ! I refuse to follow you, GOG isn't Steam, they are different, if you have so many games on Steam, it means you are an idiot who don't really care that video games in 2014 is getting shit so please stay on your Steam and get out of here

Sep. 1, 2014
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What does GoG get out of doing this? Because I'm not seeing any benefit to them at all. You're twenty five dollars a year is nothing. I spent twenty five dollars this week and I'm likely to spend more thank to the weekend sale.

Do you think this will entice Steam users to abandon Steam and use GoG exclusively? Hell no. They'll just wait for Steam sales to undercut whatever the current price is on GoG and get both. Why wouldn't they? It's called being a good consumer.

There is literally zero return for GoG and this will cost them millions if they're actually stupid enough to. Frankly if they did this today and the manage to survive out the year I would consider that divine intervention and conclusive proof that there is a god.

Hell, Valve will profit from this far more than GoG ever will since they're the ones making sales while GoG is literally giving them away (protip: GoG does not stand for Give out Games). Then Steam can show those numbers to the developers and entice more of them to go Valve.

Or do you think it's GoG's responsibility to correct your mistakes when you buy a game on Steam without checking to see if it's DRM free elsewhere? Because make no mistake if you buy a game on Steam that's also on GoG, you done fucked up.

Aug. 29, 2014
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@LexHollow: I found your example even more ridiculous than all that examples with cars. You can't use that ticket from cinema even to visit the same movie at the same cinema ever again. Such ticket grants you right to watch that movie only onece at particular time and you must be in particular place to be able to watch it. Buying a disc with a movie is a completelly different story since you are buying a right to watch that movie from that disc whenever you want and wherever you want. Additionally you have a right to make a backup copy of it no matter what movie publisher thinks about that. You have no rights to distribute such copies since you doesn't own actual movie and that seems completely fair to me.

So, when you buying a game you actually buying a right to play it whenever you want and wherever you want (place, not platform). Usually you have no rights to share it with friends and that's ok.

Actually it would be only fair if stores would agree to sell games and movies with a major discount for those who already own rights to play and watch them. Of course price couldn't go below price of the medium and store still have all the rights to get his fee (since you are attempting to use their service) but that is only portion of the price and usually not a significant one.

BTW, I think that it is not fair to ask for a full price of the game even if you own a copy of it on the different platform. Of course making a port of the game to a different platform isn't free and new version of the game may contain more content but paying the full price just isn't fair. For example I were happy to buy Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition with 66% discount granted to me by the developer for owning a copy of Gold Edition but I would never buy a game which I already "own" on PS3 unless it's significantly discount (that's how I end up buying Rocketbirds which I already "own" on the PS3).

Aug. 29, 2014
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I'm amazed how many people hare are trying to compare games with physical objects in the real world. It's so wrong on so many levels… Well, it were (partially) true when games were distributed on discs but that is not the case with Steam.

Also Valve and GOG are indeed different companies for sure... so what? Valve have no rights to forbid anyone to give their customers the same games as the do or ask to pay any fee for that. Only respective right holders could and that is developers and/or publishers, not Valve (at least while there are no their games on GOG). Discussing this topic with each of them is the biggest problem here.

I doubt that game developers would be against such feature because they already agreed to sell DRM-free copies of their games here on GOG. They won't get money for double-buys but they should undarstand that it's only fair. Big publishers may not approve such feature for their games, though, sicne they want to get as much money as possible no matter how unfair it is.

I do agree that direct import could be impractical but major discounts (90-95%) in case when game is already owned would be great. At least this will help to convince part of developers and publishers. Income from single operations will be smaller but total amount of buys could be much bigger than potential income from double-buys since low price makes such buys much more likely to happen.

Such feature won't give any significant immediate gains to GOG but will help to rise userbase and increase gains in the future.

Aug. 29, 2014
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through* (typo)

Aug. 28, 2014
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I bought a ticket for Django Unchained at the Odeon cinema, and now Amazon should give me a DVD of the film for free, or at a discount.

People who voted for this have no concept of how business works. If CDProjekt and Valve were some how connected (though, say, a parent company), then I could see why someone may ask for this, but seriously, these companies are competition - why on earth would GOG give people free copies of games?

Aug. 28, 2014
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I'd rather GOG not to. No reason to promote DRMed service which also is a competitor at the same time.

Aug. 19, 2014
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-_- You must be joking...

GOG would not only have to pay the original developer/publisher for the game but also pay Steam to get the key - they would lose half the money! Not to mention all the customers they would lose to Steam...

This is a DRM-free store anyway - if you want DRM, go to a DRM store, duh!

Aug. 1, 2014
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It has already been proven that Steam OS does not need you to have a Steam account to use it - its Debian afterall. You can just use .deb installers or tarballs so no issues there.

Aug. 1, 2014
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@jonridan The incentive is that they expand their customer base. Some people may even migrate from Steam to GOG entirely, given that they are able to emulate other features of steam like community integration, friends and so on which they might be doing with Galaxy. There is no immediate payoff, however more people using GOG will mean more sales in the long run. The way I see it, they have nothing to lose (except maybe increased technical loads and costs) and only new customers to gain.

... but then again I am no shrewd businessman and I probably don't have all the details of the behind the scene deals and blah blah.

Jul. 30, 2014
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Why would you want to put a DRM to a game like this ? If you want it on Steam, go to buy it on Steam. Here is 100 % DRM Free so no Steam key (contrary would be completely stupid imho). We already cry to have DRM free games, Witcher 3 is one of the rare recent games to still think about players so I totally disagree to this idea. Steam is Steam. GoG is GoG.

Jul. 29, 2014
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Yes! This way round, it is the right thing to do! Hit those steam merchants at where they will ache the most! Giving out for free, whatever it is they sell and GoG owns/sells already! I HAD to vote FOR THAT!

Incidents like the removal of games, so as to be sold exclusively from steam, much like the guilty gear series and fallout series, should NOT be left unpunished and written off silently! Counterattack, NOW!

Jul. 28, 2014
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@jonridan you're treating software like property. If I sell you my car, I don't have the car anymore. If I sell you the game I created, I still have the game and can sell it to more people. The questions are, could GOG make any money by selling you a game you already own on Steam; Could GOG make any money by selling you a game for $0 you already own on Steam? Note, they lose nothing by selling for 0$, they just fail to gain $. Nothing to lose, but where is their incentive?

Jul. 28, 2014
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This is like buying a car a dealership and then trying to get the exact same model at another dealership for free. And not even returning the first one! As for the Linux Support, Linux is a part of the OS, not the OS. They support 4 OSes: Windows, Mac OS X, Ubuntu and Mint.

Jul. 27, 2014
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"Gog should provide limited Linux support"
Yes, because every good business should single out a subset of their customers who pay exactly the same for an equivalent product for special limitations¡ It just good business¡

Jul. 13, 2014
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I support this idea. I'm not going to rebuy all my Steam games on GoG. However, I'm much in favor of their OPTIONAL client over Steam. I think a fee would make sense, and I think GOG would make a lot of money offering that option.

Jul. 9, 2014
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I don't think it's necessary. It would be nice, but there's not a lot in it for GOG as a business. If someone buys through Steam by in which they provide profit for Valve and not CD Projekt Red, and then expects GOG to allow an activation for little to no charge they're expecting too much. It worked for the Witcher games because they're developed by CD Projekt Red. That's the exception, not the rule.

I understand the request. To own a game on GOG is to own it forever, especially if you back it up to a removable device or two. This is not possible with Steam purchases which activate a license to play indefinitely so long as you're connected to the internet and run their client to launch the game.

I can foresee myself continuing to buy from both GOG and Steam. It's not difficult to manage two separate libraries at all, especially not when one provides peace of mind. For popular multiplayer games I may look to Steam. For great single-player experiences I shall look to GOG. That's not set in stone, but it's an example of how they can compliment each other.

Jul. 1, 2014
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There are several reasons why not to do this. Steam is DRM, so this would only work for DRM-free games anyway. And you gotta cut GOG a little slack (I am). People might buy games on Steam whenever they're cheaper there and then download them from GOG. Probably some more reasons.

Jul. 1, 2014
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I was floored when I could carry over my Witcher 2 copy over from Steam with my key. I love GOG and the biggest obstacle of getting more business would be location of current library. I don't like messing with different accounts and having a more unified account on GOG would really keep me in the site more.

Jun. 29, 2014
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Reading the comments I get the impression that most didn't quite read the wish they voted for.
It says that GoG should include Steam keys not that Steam should include GoG keys.

Jun. 28, 2014
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OH MY GOD! Am I misunderstanding something?

Are you aware of the implications? Why would Steam give you a key for free?
GoG would have to make a deal that that is profitable for Steam.
NO WAY! I want to have the possibility to NOT buy games with DRM, besides it would harm GoG if nothing else.

Be careful what you wish for. Nobody stops you from purchasing a game twice.

Jun. 28, 2014
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