I got Company of Heroes from the Humble THQ Bundle and after downloading it on Steam I can't seem to play the game without having to create an account with Relic. As far as I understand it, the game has a singleplayer and the text on startup seems to indicate that the account is optional. But I can't find any option to play without creating that account.

Is there any way around this, or do I really have to create an account just to play the singleplayer?

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    play the multiplayer!
    – Eric B
    Dec 7, 2012 at 18:34

3 Answers 3


This might seem a bit too easy. But no. They famously absolutely require a login.


Actually there is a way...

Go to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc

Open the "hosts" file in notepad

Copy and paste " reliclive.quazal.net" (without quotes) at the bottom of that file

Save and run the game


You could start the game without internet and block all internet traffic in and out from Company of Heroes.

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