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My gaming computer is currently downloading Napoleon: Total War and Supreme Commander 2 which I purchased on Steam, and which will take some time to complete. While this download is going on, I would like to play some of my other multiplayer games on my laptop, but I would rather not interrupt the download to do so.

Is it possible to have both computers logged in at once? I know if I was playing a single player game, I could set Steam into offline mode, then resume the download on the other computer, but this won't work for multi player games.

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i have been to my neighborhood cybercafe and in there the owner somehow managed to use his ONE steam account to be used on 30 computers at the same time and everyone in there was able to play the same games!!! (i knew it was the same steam account because when you changed the steam name it changed on the other computers and my friend and i checked and both our games had the same CD key) idk if it was his cafe management software that tricked steam or some secret that only they know about but it is POSSIBLE. –  user53690 Aug 14 '13 at 1:22
Knowing it's possible doesn't help us figure out how it's done. Most likely, he had a cybercafe login, is my guess. –  Frank Aug 14 '13 at 1:31
I know this is an old question, but what you can do is start the game on your downloading machine, alt-tab to Steam, right click on the entry that says "Update Suspended", click on the entry that says "Pause Update", right click again, click on the entry that now says "Resume Update", alt-tab back to the game. –  Nolonar Aug 14 '13 at 9:07
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No, it is not possible to be logged in to steam while another machine is logged in and downloading.

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You can have one in offline mode and the other online. This is useful if the SO wants to play PopCap games while you are FPSing. ;-) –  Chris Nava Jan 3 '11 at 6:28
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As already said is not possible to be connected to Steam with the same account in more than 1 computer at time.

But maybe this QA can solve your problem: How to continue downloading a game in Steam while playing?

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It is not possible to be logged onto Steam in two computers if one of the computers is downloading or playing a game online. One of the Steam accounts must be in offline mode to be logged into both at once.

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