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I had some games installed in my computer and my friend even purchased it but not yet downloaded.
I searched internet about how to transfer game data from 1 pc to another and I understand that but I have a doubt/question in my mind.

If I give a game to my friend from steamapps which he even purchased it then whether there will be a problem from steam bans?

(Just thinking) If there is some data of my game and if I give him that steamapps file then will there any problem to me or him? Any account bans will occur?

Ex, I downloaded Battlefield: Badcompany 2 and there was activation key given by steam to me when I first pressed the play button after downloading. In this case if I give my steamapps\battlefield folder to my friend then will he get the different activation key when he press the play button?

  • You can also make a back up of the game, and then your friend can restore the back up to his pc. Then you won't need to copy the steamapps folder. But either way it will work, and since he also bought it there is no problem. – Lyrion Dec 29 '16 at 9:42
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I would say this is pretty safe to copy-paste steamapps/common content between machines (however better look there https://gaming.stackexchange.com/a/214125/171544).

Also, you can think about it as different accounts on the same machine (steamapps/common). They both use the very same files\directories, and no one ever suffered from this.

UPD: sorry havent seen clearly last part of question.

In this case if I give my steamapps\battlefield folder to my friend then will he get the different activation key when he press the play button?

The idea of Steam is Digital rights management (DRM), so it is his responsibility to give each of you proper key.

  • Yes when you copy paste the whole directory of a game to another computer, if you own the game then Steam detect the directory and ask you if you want to install it :) – Ise Dec 28 '16 at 13:40
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    IOW: The activation key comes from the purchase of the game, and not the game files, themselves. – Khale_Kitha Dec 29 '16 at 14:07

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