My brother just got me a new computer but he is always on so I can't play his steam shared games. Is there a way to play his games while he is playing a game too?


Like the comments to your question indicate, Steam Family Sharing is working as designed. It doesn't let you play games on another person's account if that person (or someone else he's sharing games with) is already playing a game on that account. Only one person can be playing a game on a person's account at a time.

If you want to play one of his games you'll either need to wait until he's not playing or buy your own copy of the game for you own account.


Get him to play in offline mode. I do it all the time with my brother.

  • This only works for games that either a) Do not require an internet connection at all to play, or b) Do not detect that Steam is in offline mode and restrict network access – Robotnik Jun 30 '15 at 2:37

Yes you can, go in offline mode and go to the shared library. You can play right away! If it's a multiplayer game, then go online and go to View > Game Commands and type in MLGz554 and you will get the game for 1 day.

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    What is "View - Game Commands" and why do I have to input that code? – antimo Dec 21 '15 at 7:12

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