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Single steam account with Linux and Windows
tomlowshang 1 Feb, 2017

Does a single Steam account work with both Linux and Windows games?

stan 1 Feb, 2017
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When you buy a game on Steam you get the right to download it for all the OSes the game exists for on Steam. But you can only download the Linux version when you run the Linux native Steam client. You have to use steamcmd or install Steam in Wine to download non-Linux versions of the games. (Or use Windows, but who would want to to that?)

tomlowshang 2 Feb, 2017

Thank you, stan. I meant Steam on Wine and not actual Windows, but you figured it out.

Hori 10 Feb, 2017

You can use the same Steam account on any officially supported platform, and your complete library will be available (but of course not all games might be accessible, depending whether they support your current platform or not)
You can also use it in WINE and it works ok for most users.

If you want to use both native Steam, and Steam on WINE at the same time, it will not work! I don't know if it would work if you logged each one with a different account, but I'm 100% sure it won't work on the same account. In fact, it won't work even if you used two different computers, and even if they had the same OS and native client. It is imposed by Valve that one Steam account can only be logged in once at any moment.
There are some "workarounds" tho, like the family share, and connecting on the same network... but this won't work on the same computer.

TL;DR
You can't have native Steam and Steam on WINE logged in with the same account at the same time.

g000h 10 Feb, 2017

Well, here's a bit of extra info. I've found that you can login to two devices at the same time with the same Steam account, but it will only let you play a game on one device at once.

So for instance, you could login to Steam on Windows on machine 1, and Steam on Linux on machine 2.

Then you could use Steam-Link Streaming to play a Windows game on Linux, or vice versa. I'm actually thinking to do that very thing. Launch Steam on a different PC running Windows, and then play a Windows-only game on Linux via streaming. (Plus there are other ways to do this without running Steam twice, if so inclined.)

Hamish 10 Feb, 2017

So you can only download Linux games using the Linux client of Steam... while I can choose whatever platform I like using GOG.com and the lgogdownloader package?

Yeah, another reason to avoid Steam I guess.

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