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Yes, playing a non-sharable game locks me out from Family Sharing. However, does playing a third-party game which only has an icon in Steam lock me out from family sharing? I have to register it because I have to play it with a Steam Controller.

The answer linked earlier seems to say otherwise, but I need a clear answer.

  • For those who are curious, the games in subject are Overwatch and a Korean client of Final Fantasy XIV. – Arle Camille Jun 28 '16 at 7:55
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From my experience, it doesn't: I also have Overwatch and other Blizzard games on my main Steam account, while I have Dark Souls III shared with a second account (In order to fix the covenant bug). Since Steam counts Blizzard Games as being "played" while the Battle.net client is open, and I've played Dark Souls III during that time, I would assume there are no limitations.

This is probably due to the fact that Steam only creates a shortcut to launch the game, instead of having an steamapp entry for it (Like you would have a shortcut on your desktop).

  • And yet Steam exposes me playing "FINAL FANTASY XIV - Korea" to everybody else. Great. Thanks for the answer. – Arle Camille Jun 28 '16 at 11:56
  • You can stop the exposition by setting your online status to offline - it doesn't prevent playing, but it will disable chat. – fcm Jun 28 '16 at 11:58
  • I know, but it's just tedious to press 'Offline' every time when I play FF XIV with my Steam controller. – Arle Camille Jun 28 '16 at 12:03
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    The usual solution is to rename the 3rd party game (on Steam) to "Half-Life 3" or some other mediasexy game. Preferably one that hasn't been published yet. – DJ Pirtu Jun 28 '16 at 12:15
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    @DJPirtu - "Microsoft Office Word" also works pretty well – Robotnik Feb 1 '17 at 5:37

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