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What happens to your Steam collection when you die?

October 6, 2017 | By Chris Kerr




The folks over at Eurogamer have asked an interesting question in the latest episode of Here's a Thing: What happens to your Steam account when you eventually bite the dust? 

Where do all of those cherished digital games actually go? Can you leave them to someone in your will, as you could with any physical media library, or are they destined to float around in the void until humanity meets what we're assuming will be a fairly sticky end? 

It's a curious thought experiment. After all, as enter the digital age, it's highly likely that by the time some of us meet our maker, we'll have amassed a virtual library of considerable personal and monetary value. 

In the case of Steam, the subscriber agreement suggests that it'd be near-impossible for account users to leave their collection to another person when they shuffle off this mortal coil.

The document states that Steam accounts are "strictly personal, and may not be sold or transferred to others unless "specifically permitted by Valve."

Of course, that wording also implies that Valve could make an exception in certain cases. But would the company set a precedent by letting someone include their collection in their will? 

You can find out the answer to that question and more by watching the full video above. Props again to Eurogamer for this one.



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