Steam says you can't pass down your account in a will

A recent conversation with Steam seemingly indicates that trying to give a Steam library to a loved one through a will could face problems.

Steam says you can't pass down your account in a will as digital game collections are not inheritable since digital distribution limits ownership as users buy a license, not the product.

Digital distribution in general often carries the limitation that users aren't really buying the product, but rather buying a license to access it, which can potentially be removed at any time.

As digital libraries for games, movies, books, and other media continues to replace buying physical copies, how do you feel about the realization that you don't actually own any of what you've paid for?

Do you think you should be able to resell or transfer your digital licenses?

If a distributor revokes a license for any reason, do you think you should get a full refund at any time?

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  • Officially transfer of ownership has not been allowed in the terms/policy but we all know what happens unofficially. However, I do hope that they make official exception less of abuses and heritage would be a really good marketing material

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  • Officially transfer of ownership has not been allowed in the terms/policy but we all know what happens unofficially. However, I do hope that they make official exception less of abuses and heritage would be a really good marketing material

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