CD\DVD to Steam or other platforms?

Is it possible to transfer hard copy games to pc gaming platforms, like Steam, if you have their serial number? If yes, then please explain how it could be done.

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  • 3 weeks ago
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    While it was possible in the past, when Steam & other digital distribution platforms were in their infancy (around 2005 - 2010), where the publishers may have provided a digital copy with the physical copies...  but this was phased out as broadband access as become more ubiquitous & further adoption of digital distribution.

    Nowadays, with digital distribution being the standard & optical media being depreciated...  it's rare for publishers to include a digital copy alongside the physical copy & any offers in the past have long since expired.

    In short, any games you have in physical formats will be permanently separated from their digital counterparts (or at least until you buy the digital version to replace the physical).

  • 3 weeks ago

    It depends if the activation code is for Steam or a similar service.

    If it is, then that game is automatically linked to your steam account and can be re-downloaded in the future; however installing from disc (or copying the Steam directory) is usually quicker than downloading.

    Some game makers have their own activation system; you cannot do anything with them other than use that system.

  • opurt
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    3 weeks ago

    If the physical game came with a CD key code, then it may be possible to redeem that code on a digital service -- some games on Steam, EA games on Origin, Ubisoft ones on UPlay, etc. It's also not guaranteed that this will work. 

  • 3 weeks ago

    No.  If you want a Steam license to a game you'll have to buy the game from Steam, even if you've already bought the game from somewhere else.

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