How to Redeem the Code on Steam

Written by john grossman
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Steam, a computer gaming platform from Valve Corporation, lets players buy, download and play video games. For certain video games, players can buy a CD or DVD of the title in shops. Later, they can activate it on Steam using the CD key, or code, which can be found inside the game's packaging. Activating a game on Steam lets users re-download the game at a later time and also provides players with additional features, such as automatic updates or an integration with the Steam Community network. You can activate your code on Steam in just a few steps.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Visit the "Retail CD Keys" page on Valve's website to check if your game is eligible for Steam activation (see Resources).

  2. 2

    Launch and log in to the Steam application.

  3. 3

    Click on the "Games" menu at the top of the window, then select the "Activate a product on Steam" option.

  4. 4

    Click on "Next." Read the terms and conditions and click on "I agree."

  5. 5

    Type the CD key, or code, and click on "Next." You can usually find the CD key on the CD or DVD or on a sticker inside your video game's box.

  6. 6

    Click "Finish." Your game will now appear in your Steam library.

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