How to Redeem a Game Key on Steam – In this article, we’ll guide you on how to redeem a product key for a game on Steam. Typically, when you purchase a game through Steam, it appears automatically in your library. However, if you buy a Steam game through a different platform such as Humble Bundle, you’ll receive a CD key that you must activate on Steam.
Product keys for Steam are a combination of letters and numbers that you can obtain through various sources, such as game discount websites or a physical purchase. It’s important to note that these keys are designed to be activated only on Steam. You cannot use an Origin or GOG key on Steam, and vice versa. Additionally, once you activate a product key on Steam, you cannot refund it unless the retailer allows for an exception.
Here’s how you can activate a product key on Steam:
- 1 Open the Steam client.
- 2 Click on the “Games” option in the top toolbar.
- 3 Select “Activate a Product on Steam.”
- 4 Click “Next.”
- 5 Read and accept the subscriber agreement by clicking “I Agree.”
- 6 Enter the product code and click “Next.”
- 7 If the activation is successful, the product will be added to your library.
If you receive an error message indicating that your product key is invalid or a duplicate, it may be because you bought the key from a dubious site. In this case, contact the retailer for a new key. A duplicate error may occur if the key has already been registered to another Steam account. Contact the retailer if you’re certain that you haven’t registered the key to another account.
If you’re looking to gift a game to a gamer friend, you could send them a product key for Steam. However, a digital Steam gift card may be a better option as it allows them to choose what they want and make the purchase directly through Steam.