Bought a game off steam years ago, downloaded it, entered the activation key they sent to me in an email, server told me that the key was already in use, contacted Steam and was told that I am a pirate as the code is already registered and to not contact them again, and never did get an answer to my couple of hundred emails |(
10~11 years ago you got an activation key to play the game on their servers, and as they were the only servers hosting that game that meant I could not play an online game “online”, if that is not theft what is ??
If I sell you a key to a car, and the Department of Motor Vehicles says it’s not your car, you can’t register it, did DMV rip you off? You should have gotten a new key or your money back from the person that sold you the key.
Interesting, I’ve had steam for almost 9 years never ran into any fake keys. I’ve got some 200+ games large amount from humble bundles. I played the crap out of Day of Defeat and counterstrike back in the day.
I’m not a Civ player, but it is mostly offline right? If I’m not mistaken you can run offline games without steam opening with little effort. I used to play GTA IV offline with graphic enhancements and lots of mods.