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I got Company of Heroes from the Humble THQ Bundle and after downloading it on Steam I can't seem to play the game without having to create an account with Relic. As far as I understand it, the game has a singleplayer and the text on startup seems to indicate that the account is optional. But I can't find any option to play without creating that account.

Is there any way around this, or do I really have to create an account just to play the singleplayer?

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play the multiplayer! – Eric B Dec 7 '12 at 18:34
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This might seem a bit too easy. But no. They famously absolutely require a login.

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Actually there is a way...

Go to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc

Open the "hosts" file in notepad

Copy and paste "" (without quotes) at the bottom of that file

Save and run the game

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You could start the game without internet and block all internet traffic in and out from Company of Heroes.

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