I have a macbook pro and i am looking to get a gaming pc. Ive downloaded a few games on steam that are mac and windows compatible. I play them on my mac. Would i be able to sign into my steam account on my windows pc and download the windows version without having to buy it again?

  • @camelCase For what reason are you creating a new tag? There seems to be no purpose to it.
    – Frank
    Commented Oct 26, 2016 at 15:38
  • @frank - there are a number of questions specific to this feature. I've tagged what I can find with a simple search.
    – user101016
    Commented Oct 26, 2016 at 16:11
  • @camelCase I don't think there's any need for the tag. Steam is Steam. There's nothing this tag provides that the regular Steam tag doesn't.
    – Frank
    Commented Oct 26, 2016 at 16:39
  • @frank - we already have tags for other steam features (family sharing etc). Sure, its a sub-tag, but this helps break up the expertise. Not all Steam users will use multiple platforms for example (i.e. plenty of Steam experts that may not know details for this feature).
    – user101016
    Commented Oct 26, 2016 at 16:41

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Yes, just download and install the Steam client, and log in and you can download your games without any issue.

  • ...if a game is SteamPlay enabled.
    – Powerlord
    Commented Feb 28, 2015 at 1:02
  • @Powerlord that's explicit in the question as written. Commented Feb 28, 2015 at 2:20
  • No it isn't. Civilization IV is a good example of a non-SteamPlay title on Steam available for PC and Mac.
    – Powerlord
    Commented Feb 28, 2015 at 18:08
  • @Powerlord But it says "SteamPlay" right on the Civ4 Steam store page? Commented Feb 28, 2015 at 18:18

You are allowed to activate your account and download/install your games on as many machines as you want. But the usage of a steam account is restricted to only one machine a time.

You are not allowed to play games on multiple machines simultaneously! This restriction is also technically enforced. As noted by Nolonar in the comments you can be lgged in on multiple machines at the same time.

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    Ever since Steam allows streaming games from one machine to the next, the restriction has been removed. You can now log in on multiple machines simultaneously, although the restriction might still apply if you try to play games.
    – Nolonar
    Commented Feb 28, 2015 at 0:00
  • @Nolonar You are totally right, I mixed that up with its past behaviour and I updated my answer accordingly.
    – Daniel
    Commented Feb 28, 2015 at 17:19

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