Retail boxed Steam activated games: can they be resold?

I recently purchased retail boxed versions of

  • Dead Island (which is awesome)
  • Warhammer 40k: Space Marine (not so much)

I finished both games and I was thinking of reselling them or giving them to a friend to play. However, these are both Steam activated games that had a required Steam registration code I had to enter — and validate on Steam — as part of the installation.

If I give these games to a friend or resell them, will they even work? Is the registration code single use and tied to a single person / computer / Steam account?


As the other answers have stated, once the game is registered with an account, it’s tied to it and that’s that.

However, another option you have that I’ve read about is to create a new email address and steam account for every game you get and register that game with that address. When you are ready to get rid of it, you can sell the steam and email account.

All in all, not very convenient, but it works.

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