Steam Glitch Temporarily Removed Some Games, Purchases From Accounts

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Last night a temporary glitch hit some Steam users in the worst way possible, removing games and additional purchases like DLC from some players’ libraries.

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It affected all kinds of games, from Red Dead Redemption 2 to Fallout 4, with the only common trait seemingly being that they were all titles on sale for one reason for another.

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Users would try to find games in their library and... they were gone. And if they tried visiting that game’s store page to launch from there, they’d be prompted to buy the game they’d already bought.

The good news is that the issue was resolved in a few hours, and all that was required was a Steam reboot:

The bad news is that, holy shit, it is very easy to lose access to things that have cost you hundreds if not thousands of dollars when you’re not holding the actual game in your hand.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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DISCUSSION

I’m pretty sure everyone who buys games digitally is fully aware of the potential risks. That said, the chances of me permanently losing access to all of my Steam games is lower than the chances of my discs getting destroyed in a house fire or stolen in a burglary.