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I have a few games that I would love to get rid of but I don't know if I am able to. If I were to sell one of my PC games would they be able to install it with a different username? As long as I uninstall the game from my computer can someone else use the activation code? I hope you understand what I am asking.
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It depends on the game, entirely. Most can be sold with ease, some might be harder to xfer.
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Originally Posted by TheLawIX View Post

It depends on the game, entirely. Most can be sold with ease, some might be harder to xfer.

Maybe Ill just give a list of games. All games would be a physical copy. If I wanted to sell a game key, I would make sure that those have never been used.
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Just make sure you keep this thread as strictly asking if the games can be sold... cause it can quickly turn into a, "anyone interested in buying these games from me" thread.

I would say follow these rules to determine if you can sell or not:

If the game uses a key to activate on Steam and you've activated it. Then you can not sell.
If the game uses a key to activate on Origin and you've activated it. Then you can not sell.
If the game uses a key to activate on Uplay and you've activated it. Then you can not sell.
If the game uses a key to activate on Games for Windows Live and you've activate it. Then you can not sell.

If you had to create a login to activate/play the game, then that game is tied to that account, you can not sell.


Some games also have limited activation's, so it might be able to be sold, but it will probably only be allowed to install a few more times.
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Like others have said, it depends on the game.
Steam, Origin, Uplay, Games for Windows Live all register CD-keys, making them non-transferable.
OLD games that just ask for a key when installing (Age of Empires 1 + 2, Rise of Nations, etc.) are fine.
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Thanks for the info guys! I was hoping that if you bought a physical copy of the game then the game was "yours" to do as you pleased. I guess I was wrong.
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