Can you write a review for a game you don't own in your Steam library?

I recently asked a refund for a game I played less than 2 hours. I really disliked it and I feel I should write a review to explain to other Steam's users. Am I in a hurry to write it before the game is removed from my Steam library?..

This question can be relevant too for a player that owns a game outside their Steam library but would like to write a review on the platform.

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    I assume you are asking if you are capable of doing it once the game is removed from your library as supposed to a moral, ethical or legal dilemma? When I say the title I expected something different. – Matt Dec 9 '16 at 2:46

If the Steam game isn't in your Steam account library, you can't write a review for it, period.

Q. Do I need to have purchased a game in order to write a review of it?

A. Purchase is not required. You may write a review for any product in your Steam account. Whether you registered a Steam key obtained elsewhere, or played a free game, you will be able to write a review for that product. Your playtime in that game or time in that software title will appear next to your review.


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    Plus you need to have played the game for atleast 5 mins. I'm not sure if this rule only exists for free to play games. – Auditore Dec 9 '16 at 9:00
  • Are you sure this applies to games that have been refunded? – Stevoisiak Jul 29 '17 at 23:23

No, you can't write a review if the game isn't in your library, however if you trade for Steam Trading cards from a game you don't own, you can still craft the badges associated to that game.

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  • Just saying it. Its only extra info... – Murydary Dec 12 '16 at 4:50

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