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I want to get the Proof of Purchase, but i didn't buy the game on steam. I got an item for the Mann Co Store. I bought the orange box on XBOX 360 though. Is there a way I can get the Proof of Purchase?

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To get the Proof of Purchase, you need to activate a PC retail version of the game, receive the game as a gift, or had TF2 before it went free to play. Unfortunately, your Xbox version won't count. By "activate", I'm referring to adding the CD-Key to your Steam account's library, which can be done by clicking "Add Game" in the bottom left corner of the Library tab:

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From the TF2 Wiki

This hat is given to players who purchased Team Fortress 2 before the Über Update on June 23, 2011, those who receive a gift of the game, and those who activate a retail copy of the game.

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And this is why the description of the Proof of Purchase says "From another era". – jSepia Jul 26 '12 at 2:34
Keep in mind that gifting is a sort of quasi-flux way of getting it. Nobody is really sure if giving the Orange Box (which does still contain TF2) awards the hat judging from the responses I've gotten when I tried to ask. – Xkeeper Jul 26 '12 at 10:07
@XKeeper Yes, if you purchase or unwrap the orange box, you get it. – BlueRaja - Danny Pflughoeft Jul 26 '12 at 17:25
I second that. I got the Orange Box as a Christmas gift from Steam last year, and activating it on PC automatically gave me TF2 premium and the hat. – jSepia Jul 26 '12 at 23:03

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