Can users play simultaneously from one copy of Civilization V?



  • I read in an ad for Civilization 5 that it allows installation on 5 different computers. Does that mean I can install it on my kid's computer and mine, and then we can simultaneously play, or even in versus, or can only one install play the game at a time?

    I've been looking around for any reference to the 5 different installations and can't find anything beyond the original ad. In the ad it didn't mention how many simultaneous players you could have, just installations.



  • Civilization 5 is designed to work with Valve's Steam platform.

    This will allow you to install the game on any number of computers, but requires you to log-in with steam to play. Since only one steam account can be logged in at once this restricts you to playing the game on only one computer simultaneously.

    The exception is that you can run Steam in 'offline mode' to play the game exclusively in single player mode, in which case multiple computers could each play 'offline' at the same time. From what I understand it is not possible to play a LAN game this way, you would need two copies of the game (and two steam accounts). Apparently it IS possible to play on LAN in offline mode. If so, this would allow you to play with your son with a single copy of the game.

    This would seem to be a deliberate Steam design choice, for better or worse.

    I'm not sure why an ad would specify the number 5, since Steam would not limit the number of installations at all, and only one account could play online at a time.



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