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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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zerothis
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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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Boge
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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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RnRClown
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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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Dowlphin
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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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Zugdar
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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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aloha_stitch
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It wouldn't be possible, on steam you don't own the game, you own a licence, and for the people using witcher and witcher 2 as an example, well, CD Project Red owns GOG and made The Witcher, so there, that's why it works for that particular game series

Jun. 26, 2014
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buffer117
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I'm finding peoples understanding of content licensing pretty scary in this thread. Publishers own the licences to games not the developer unless they are one and the same, they then allow retailers to sell their games to consumers under a licencing agreement. While DRM free games are great! You still don't own your game you are licenced to use it, thats why we all have to agree to that gumf we never read when installing a game.

Anywho the concept of having games on gog that you own on steam isnt that farfetched, it just requires the publishers permission in simple terms as you have already paid for the licence to use their content (Its more complicated than that but that's the main hurdle to overcome). That's why you can do it with the witcher games as CD Projekt are the publisher as well as the developer. Its also how I've activated ea steam games on origin.

Is this a benefit to gog? That's for them to decide, they may lose sales or they may gain consumers, its a tough one and wouldn't be easy as they sell games from so many different licence holders.

Jun. 24, 2014
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proto2501
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Personally I see this as one of the major hurdles for GOG to becoming more popular. A lot of people have invested a lot of dosh on steam games, and they will continue using steam if those games cannot be transferred. Breaking the status quo is difficult.

It has been done with games like Witcher and Witcher 2, it should be possible with other games as well (assuming they are available on Steam and on GOG) right?

Jun. 24, 2014
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13tahall33
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See, I've been reading the comments- some of them are blatantly silly, and the rest are... Well just- less silly.
But I cam looking for a solution on how to get Outlast (a game I bought on GOG) into my Steam Library simply so I could buy the Whistleblower DLC while it's cheap on the Steam Summer Sale! That's all... I'm just looking for the cheapest price because I have a really small budget, but really want to play my games! Unfortunately, I cannot buy the DLC because Steam detects that I don't actually own Outlast, just because it's not in my Steam LIbrary.

Jun. 23, 2014
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gnodab
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I wish there was a way to downvote...

Jun. 22, 2014
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MasterS.249
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This wish is highly unlikely to be granted (so that I wouldn't even bother with upvoting), but I guess people can hope, right? ;)

Jun. 21, 2014
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yeahbrah
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On steam developers can freely claim up to 10appids. One appid can be claimed in order to generate a key that becomes redeemable on GOG. For example take dont starve, the developers if they choose could go in partnership with GOG and give everyone on steam a GOG key for ZERO dollars. It does not cost money to generate keys on steam, and doing such a thing is not against steam policy.

In the end its down to GOG to reach out to these developers are attempt to broker a partnership to give out free GOG keys. Its not easy but it would be a massive publicity boost since people would get the key and think what the heck is GOG and then google it.

There is no reason, aside from effort, that this can't be done. This wont result in any partnership with steam. Only a partnership with the developers which is already being done by them selling their product on GOG.

Jun. 19, 2014
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rouge1701
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One advantage steam has is that you can use gift cards with it. GOG is based in Europe, and most US giftcards can't be used abroad. If GOG opened a payment processing center in the US, it would remove a reason to favor steam.

Jun. 14, 2014
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Vainamoinen
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4,516 people readily arguing for GOG to give Valve big sacks of money.

Sure, that little fee wouldn't hurt GOG that much, this could work with any game in GOG's catalog. I'm sure Valve would ask for reasonable amounts of money.

I am ashamed of PC gamers today. This idea is as sick as it gets.

Jun. 1, 2014
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Andres87
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On the steam does not buy the game, just rent. GOG is different, you buy and download the install. You can burn to disc. No need to run third party app ( like steam etc.)

May. 26, 2014
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Lesser
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I disagree. Steam and GoG are two services. If you buy a game on Steam (on sale or not) you pay a game that is only useable with your account. GoG offers unlimited downloads and you can technically install the same game on countless devices simultaneously. You have no DRM. I think you can spend some money for this because it's not easy for the GoG team to convince publishers and developers to risk that one might buy the game and shares it worldwide. Another aspect: using such services produce traffic. This costs money.

May. 23, 2014
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hanshan
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GOG, brand reputation is a precious asset. GOG should stay FAR away from Steam which has tons of consumer/user problems, read about 'em on google. GOG has a great rep for a reason - reliability, ease of use, great customer support, great value. GOG competes beautifully. As a consumer, buy GOG or buy a DISC (if steam-free) without the ongoing contingency for delivery/playability through steam's vagaries.

May. 13, 2014
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zerothis
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I'm willing to pay a reasonable fee for this feature

May. 3, 2014
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Chronon88
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Plain stupid idea. Stop being unreasonable and buy them again!

Apr. 19, 2014
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Erynn
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It costs gog money to let you use their servers for things you own. Really I think this is very selfish.

Apr. 1, 2014
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garethmcc
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You guys are missing the point. If I own a game on Steam I won't be it again on GOG no matter how much I prefer GOG. But owning all those games on Steam might prevent me from buying any on GOG because I am already using another service.

If GOG offered this, it would actually increase their chances of making future sales with someone as that person can "move" over to GOG without losing anything. Being able to get someone to buy games in future at the cost of "giving away" games they were never going to repurchase is good business, not bad business.

Mar. 21, 2014
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Kabus
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I think this wish won't come true IMHO. That's all about up to publishers. I don't think they want or reserve resources for such transfers.

Mar. 20, 2014
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DigChrono
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As for checking whether something is owned, it would be simple to link your Steam account to see which games are owned. I'm torn on this one. As a consumer, I love the idea, but from a business standpoint I can see a lot of missed sales.
Perhaps you could get a discount on a game you own on Steam?

Mar. 9, 2014
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Zoidberg.106
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Bad idea. people getting free games without drm on gog?

Nah.

Mar. 4, 2014
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Rincewind1986
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I don't like this. If you want your game on GOG - buy it on GOG. They run business in which we get cool games that are hard to get elsewhere, so support them by buying games here.

Feb. 26, 2014
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Beregorn
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I don't think that this feature is a reasonable one: just think, you make your registration, than you say "oh, I already own this game I like, can i get it for free?". What I'd like is the possibility to CHECK as owned a game, so it doesn't appear into the promotions list, but you couldn't dowload it or get the bonus feats. (forgive my english)

Feb. 16, 2014
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parker321
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The only reason you could get Witcher 2 activated here as well as other places is because gog.com is owned by CDProject - the makers of the Witcher games...

Feb. 12, 2014
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flambeau
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"I don't support this. First time I've wished I could vote _against_ a wish on here. " [10]

Feb. 8, 2014
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Cyril79
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Mr Frost +100

Jan. 30, 2014
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wuarapo
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They did it some time ago with The Witcher 2,
I bought it in Namco/bandai site and GOG redeem my copy. So i don't think this idea is absolutely ridiculous.

Jan. 29, 2014
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MissFable
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As much as I wish that all of the games I own on steam were on GoG instead GoG is a business that deserves to see profits on the games they sell. This post would be if it was not so very inconsiderate.

Jan. 14, 2014
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Zapek
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I hope you don't get banned or something for comments like this here but...
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Jan. 4, 2014
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Mr.Frost
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I do NOT support this.
I can't believe there is so many people that don't understand why this idea is absolutely ridiculous.

Jan. 3, 2014
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Stoltverd
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Stop the shit about that valve hates gog and gog hates valve...
They are just competitors, but everywhere in the business world... Everything is possible with cash...
Gog could charge us, just like itunes does

Dec. 30, 2013
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Mordecai_the_Mad
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I would gladly have every game removed from my Steam account if I could have them on GOG instead.

Dec. 24, 2013
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Robo4900
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If GoG could make a deal with another company and do this, I wouldn't mind this(Actually, it would be nice to activate DN3D on steam and activate Earthworm Jim 3D on here, since the Steam version is missing all the music).

So, GoG, if this can be done, please do this. :)

Dec. 16, 2013
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scooney
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Totally disagree! GOG is a business and a good one. They deserve to make money. They see absolutely no revenues from Steam sales. You are not entitled to having GOG work for free.

Dec. 15, 2013
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Kaiser13
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I do NOT support this. Gog should provide limited Linux support to their games before even thinking about this unfeasible idea. Sorry but this is just never going to happen before Hell freezes over.

Dec. 14, 2013
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xenilk
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I would probably think it more possible to just mark games as "owned" (from another distributor), not get access to the GOG version without buying it, but it would help to keep track of all our games.

Nov. 29, 2013
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SmashManiac
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I agree with most people in the comments that giving away free games is not realistic. However, I don't see why it wouldn't work in exchange of a discount or a small fee. I created a new wish for this new option, and I invite everyone to vote for it:
http://www.gog.com/wishlist/site/get_backup_copies_of_games_owned_on_steam_at_discount_or_for_small_fee

Nov. 24, 2013
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Sanjuro
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(sorry about double-posting, didn't find a way to add this to the previous comment. If someone is able to do so, please merge these comments)
However I support CDPR's decision to make THEIR games (I mean The Witcher 1-2) available here for free if they were bought elsewhere. Considering they offer more then, say, Steam, had I known of this, i'd have registered here earlier.

Nov. 22, 2013
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Sanjuro
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Unlikely and impractical.
While possible with CDPR games, in other cases it would cost more than it'd help gain.
Sorry, no go.

Nov. 21, 2013
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realkman666
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I'd rather buy them again and forget about the Steam version.

Nov. 19, 2013
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animalmother2105
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Are not Steam and GOG two different sites/companies? That is like I would come to the local BMW car dealership and tell them "I bought a BMW 15 years ago in a different city, so give me this one for free." This iTunes Match example is nice, but do not forget it is the same site/system/company.

Nov. 16, 2013
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blackberrypatch
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GOG would need to invest significant resources in this, for very little gain, as it is very impractical. I hope this doesn't happen. I want GOG to stick around to years to come.

Nov. 15, 2013
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miszczu
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"I don't support this. First time I've wished I could vote _against_ a wish on here. " [9]

Nov. 4, 2013
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ClementL
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"I don't support this. First time I've wished I could vote _against_ a wish on here. " [8]

I don´t see this being sutainable at all. Bandwidth costs money too.

Oct. 26, 2013
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"I don't support this. First time I've wished I could vote _against_ a wish on here. " [7]

Oct. 11, 2013
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sheldonh
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Really, what we want is a game library aggregator, providing a) a single launcher, regardless of the digital distributor we purchased from, and b) a way to avoid accidentally buying games we already have.

Sep. 17, 2013
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lxryanxl
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Steam wouldn't like this at all but i see people selling there steam account with all there game for money like 100 or 200 or how ever much it might be worth on Ebay ..... so i would look into doing that you might not get 100% what you payed for every game but if you sold it you could take the money and buy the games you really liked from steam on here and nothing comes out of your pocket

Sep. 10, 2013
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