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Basically my friend gave me his copy of Mafia 2. He said he uninstalled it so I could use it, but however it was still registered to his account so even though he uninstalled it I still can't install it! Is there a way to "unregister" a game from ones own Steam Account?
    
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Nope.

Simple answer.

The key is permanently tied to his account now.

This is the biggest downfall of buying a game digitally. You cannot sell the game once it is purchased. The only way to do so would be to either buy his account (which is against the Steam TOS) or get him to allow you to log into his account to play the game, which I'm sure he doesn't want to do because he wants to use the account.
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AFAIK , no.
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Nope.

Simple answer.

The key is permanently tied to his account now.
this.
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Basically my friend gave me his copy of Mafia 2. He said he uninstalled it so I could use it, but however it was still registered to his account so even though he uninstalled it I still can't install it! Is there a way to "unregister" a game from ones own Steam Account?
I don't see the logic in this.
    
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I don't see the logic in this.
Umm can you elaborate? I am sorry if this is confusing, basically every time I try to install the game and put in the key it tells me that it is already being used so I can't use it.

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Nope.

Simple answer.

The key is permanently tied to his account now.

This is the biggest downfall of buying a game digitally. You cannot sell the game once it is purchased. The only way to do so would be to either buy his account (which is against the Steam TOS) or get him to allow you to log into his account to play the game, which I'm sure he doesn't want to do because he wants to use the account.
Ahh ok. Thanks anyway. +REP
    
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I don't see the logic in this.
??

Basically his mate un-installed Mafia II from his Steam account.

Went to the game information and acquired the CD key.

Gave Harbinger the CD key.

Harbinger tried to install the game using the CD key.

From here he got denied because the CD key was registered to his buddy.

A simple mistake to make if they are not aware of the digital limitations of games media. They simply tried to do the same process you would do with a physical copy. Uninstall > sell > install, but it doesn't work like that.
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steam/other digital download services perminatly tie the key to the account, so no he can't give it to you onces its activated
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As mentioned, it's tied to his account, so, it's impossible to take or transfer the game over :/
    
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