I downloaded Team Fortress 2 for free yesterday off Steam. I used my account to download it. My brother has set up his own now and would like to play TF2 on his, that way we could also have separate profiles and scores. I don't want to re-download TF2 because we don't have much bandwidth. Is there a way to transfer the whole game over to his account?
If you want to play on the same PC:
Yes. Steam should recognise that the game is already installed. Failing that (which definitely works on games newer to Steam, but I'm unsure about older games like TF2), copy the contents of your SteamApps folder to his. (see the SteamApps\username instructions below)
If you want to play on seperate PCs:
Yes. Open your SteamApps folder. This will be depend on your operating system and be:
for 32 bit (older) Windows systems,
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps
for 64 bit (newer) Windows systems, and
for Mac OS X systems.
You will need to copy all files who's name begins with "source" or "team fortress 2" from that folder on your PC to the folder on your brother's PC. There is also a file called
winui.gcf which you will need to copy in there also.
Then follow the instructions in the below heading.
SteamApps\username folder instructions
You will also need to copy the
<your steam username>\team fortress 2 folder inside your SteamApps folder to
SteamApps\<your brothers steam username>\team fortress 2. If there are any folders beginning with
winui in there as well, you should copy those also. Apart from required files for the game itself, these folders contain configuration and downloaded maps.
If you miss any individual files then they will be downloaded when Steam launches the game.
These instructions will not work for Windows to Mac, or Mac to Windows.