If you are confused i will clear it up...

Account 1 (mine) I purchased --> Left 4 Dead

Then I made a new account,

Account 2 (also mine) I didn't purchase anything yet.

Can I play Left 4 Dead with account 2?

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    No. You haven't bought L4D on Account 2. – Frank Jan 28 '15 at 22:27
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    @Frank No, steam family sharing will allow this. – Jon Jan 29 '15 at 2:17
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    The short answer would be "Different accounts are assumed to be different people, just because you happen to hold two doesn't mean they'll be treated differently." – Shadur Jan 29 '15 at 10:00

Yes and no. Game licenses are tied to an account, so your new account will not own the game.

However, using Steam Family Sharing, you can set up your new account to play games from your old account. Once that is set up, yes, you will be able to play Left 4 Dead from your new account on that computer.

Note that this will not allow you to use one copy of Left 4 Dead to play with two people. Only one person can be playing games from the old account at a time. You also need to keep access to the old account so you can set family sharing up again on any future computers.

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    For the record, not all games work with Steam Family Sharing (although it's a very small amount, iirc around 15). L4D2 is a game that works. – Jon Jan 29 '15 at 2:18
  • @Chipperyman - it must be opt-in for the publishers. I can't imagine the games having problems with it. Perhaps an inability/lack of interest in changing some archaic wording in a terms of agreement somewhere – Robotnik Jan 29 '15 at 9:14
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    I think it has to do with third-party DRM. – Jon Jan 29 '15 at 14:37
  • @Chipperyman: There are also some games that do not have 3rd party DRM, but don't work with family sharing anyways. Planetary Annihilation is the only one I know of. – BlueRaja - Danny Pflughoeft Jun 18 '15 at 22:45

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