Quick Answer: Do You Own Your Digital Games?

This is a very difficult question to answer as there are numerous different stores across multiple platforms that are in the business of offering digital games.

To be extremely concise, the answer is no.

when you do purchase a game from the PSN, Xbox, or the Steam store, you do not actually own the game.

Can digital games be taken away?

The physical games you own never go away unless you physically lose them or they burn down in a house fire or something. Digital games just seem like really long rentals for this reason. You own them, but only until the services go down, your console can’t be repaired anymore, or licensed are revoked.

Is it safe to buy digital games?

Yes, it’s very safe—provided you purchase your games from reputable digital stores. Steam, Origin, Uplay, GOG, Humble Bundle and Fanatical are just a few of the many online sites that sell officially licensed game keys at both regular prices and the occasional discount.

Do you actually own your Steam games?

You do not own your games. Whether bought through Steam, Origin, or any other digital download service that requires a live account to play them, you are at best renting those games, with no guarantee that you’ll be able to continue to do so.

Is it better to buy physical or digital games?

Discounts are more frequent.

While both digital and physical games go on sale often, you’ll typically find the best discounts on physical games. Going physical also gives you the option to buy pre-owned games, which are usually at least a few bucks cheaper than new copies.

Will digital games last forever?

Digital download games will not automatically deleted after the NSO service ended, but it will be vanished forever if you delete the games by purposely or accidentally. And you cannot redownload the games anymore. Go physical and at least you will not worry after 10 years or more.

Can I get a digital copy of a game I already own?

If you buy a digital version of a game you already had on disc, it removes the requirement that you have the disc in the system to play. You would now own the digital version of the full game plus whatever bonus content came with the digital purchase.

Do you keep your Steam games forever?

Games are generally not taken out of the store except under rare circumstances. You will be able to play your Steam games for as long as the service exists, and its not going to die anytime soon. Steam has been around for 11 years now, and you can still play the original games the client was built for.

Is buying games on Steam worth it?

Yes it is worth buying games on steam. Steam allows developers to get actual profits from their games. Original games bought from steam gives multiplayer option which we do not get in pirated games. All games bought from steam gets regular bug fixes and updates to make game better.

Is buying games from Steam safe?

It is true Steam is quite safe didn’t have major credit card fraud issues (although a simple search will show you a few results of just that), but it feels safer to have a 2 factor payment (as you are redirected to the paypal website and need to log there before making your purchase).