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My brother owns Skyrim on steam. We use Steam Family Share, but we were wondering how both of us could play it at the same time?

  • @GodEmperorDune it doesn't need the skyrim tag. – Ave Jan 10 '16 at 18:20
  • excellent question why the - ?? – Richard Dec 25 '16 at 11:38
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Two people are actually able to play at the same time, I've done this myself before and as far as I can tell steam has done nothing to block this.

If anyone can prove it's not legal/within their terms then please comment below.

If you both share a game on steam, then both of you download the game. If one of you goes into offline mode, you can play at the same time. This obviously blocks online features such as saving to the cloud and online gameplay but considering skyrim is single player ( without mods ) it shouldn't be a problem. This will also not work with games that are DRM which require you to be online to start play.

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    This is how me and the girlfriend do it. It blocks online features but we were still able to play Borderlands 2 co-op by connecting my PC and her laptop with an ethernet cable. – s1h4d0w Jan 13 '17 at 13:52
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Two people can't play at the same moment on Steam Family Sharing.

Family Sharing FAQ clearly states this:

Can two users share a library and both play at the same time?

No, a shared library may only be accessed by one user at a time.

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    It's a shame you can't play two different games at the same time, though. – MBraedley Jan 10 '16 at 18:08
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    @MBraedley This is intentional. They want to make sure only one person at a time can be using games from a specific account. – Powerlord Jan 10 '16 at 19:06
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    It's mostly so it can't be abused and multiple people can just buy a game once and then play it at the same time. If you want to play at the same time go into offline mode, that's how me and the girlfriend do it. – s1h4d0w Jan 13 '17 at 13:52
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    @Powerlord It should work on a game-by-game basis though, as was the case with CDs. If I lend a book to a friend, I should still be able to read other books off my book stack. – Pertinax Aug 19 '17 at 21:34
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    @TheThunderChimp Should it? sure. But does it? Nope. – Ave Aug 19 '17 at 21:38
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This is completely possible depending on the game (usually games that do not connect to the internet). After setting up family sharing, the person who owns the game must start the game. After the game is running, go to steam and go into offline mode. Now the second person can use family sharing. I've done this numerous times with Civ V and i believe should work with Skyrim.

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From the steam website FAQ:

Q: Can two users share a library and both play at the same time?

A: No, a shared library may only be accessed by one user at a time.

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    You are way too fast – Ave Jan 10 '16 at 17:56
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You can't.

Family sharing acts as though you were passing the account login back and forth. Only one person can access any given account at one time. So as soon your brother starts a game, you or anyone else is locked out. It will not let you play as though you had two copies of the game.

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