Friend shares his games with multiple people on family sharing but I get ejected



  • My friend shares his library with multiple people, including me. As he is the host of the library, if the playes a game then I get ejected. I understand that well. What I don't understand is this - if other guy from the list playes a shared game, I also get ejected. Which is weird, since if I was already playing a shared game, other people shouldn't be able to play them, and therefore not eject me. So what is happening here?



  • From what I can tell, whoever starts a game will kick off any other person already playing. The exception is for the account owner, who takes priority over everyone else.

    There's a https://store.steampowered.com/promotion/familysharing that seems vaguely helpful - I'll summarize the important parts here:

    Can two users share a library and both play at the same time?
    No, a shared library may only be accessed by one user at a time.

    When I authorize a device to lend my library to others, do I limit my own ability to access and play my games?
    As the account holder, you may always access and play your games at any time. If you decide to start playing when another user is already playing one of your games, he/she will be given a few minutes to either purchase the game or quit playing.

    My understanding is that deciding to start playing will force anyone who isn't the account owner to quit.

    There's also a https://gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/251372/how-to-make-two-people-play-at-the-same-time from Arqade in 2016 that uses an apt explanation:

    Family sharing acts as though you were passing the account login back and forth.




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