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I mean hours, screenshots, achievements and all that stuff.

I’m asking because I’m currently testing a game and the devs plan to revoke all the testing keys given out for free. So I would lose access temporarily. Is it just hidden until you regain access, or is it completely gone?

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If you're worried about screenshots, those are stored locally and can be moved elsewhere. You can access your screenshots folder by opening Steam, under View > Screenshots > Choose your game from the drop down > Show on Disk.

But, if the devs decide to remove the game from Steam, or if Steam themselves choose to remove a game (ex. if servers are offline for a multiplayer only game, Steam and Square Enix did this for a standalone multiplayer expansion to one of their games), then one would assume your achievements and playtime would not stay either. Those stats are likely buried in Steam somewhere, but accessing them from the Steam interface is likely impossible.

The other notable scenario is when Steam bans a game from their platform, like in the case with the horror game Devotion. If you purchased it while it was available on the store, it's still in your Library, but you cannot buy it anymore.

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  • This is helpful information, but specifically I will lose and then regain access simply due to the way that the developers are planning on handling the transfer from testing to selling on steam. Perhaps I was not completely clear on that in the original post. besides that from this answer it seems it would probably still keep all the stuff saved.
    – Topcode
    Jan 25 at 19:39
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    I would say that most likely the full release of the game, or subsequent beta releases, tend to be a new entry in the library entirely, unless the developers choose to use the beta functionality on the game itself. The tracking would still be there but on a separate game. Jan 25 at 19:58

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