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    God, i hate Steam. Please help...

    So bought off gamersgate and I've spent 45 minutes trying to get this game installed. I'm just about ready to give up on this. Patience is running thin and I already hate the fact that i'm forced to use steam.

    Went to check out FAQ and can't even view it as I haven't registered because I haven't been able to install the game.

    Can someone please confirm I am doing this correctly?

    Games, Activate a product on steam, punch in code. I've done that and all I get is Steam server is unavailable. Tried it multiple times.

    If steam has proven one thing to me over the years, is that it's great for buying games but has screwed me over plenty of times when it comes to actually playing the game.

    Appreciate any assistance.

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    Googling your question gave me this support link.

    https://support.steampowered.com/kb_...5483-YUFN-0521

    Not sure if you have tried any of it, as in the 8 years i've used Steam i have actually never had this error. Hope you find a solution, it's a great game.

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    You will need to contact Steam support, sorry, we can't help with their server problems.

    To answer your question, yes you are doing it right. I can only guess their servers are overwhelmed with demand for EU4. For the record it worked for me with no issue at all, but my timezone probably means their servers were less busy when I tried.
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    Thanks guys for the replies. So guess i'm doing it correctly and it's just steam issue. I was hoping it was a user issue.

    Thank you paradox for forcing us all on steam. (this 'thank-you' is reeking of sarcasm)

    My love affair with Steam continues...

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    Are you sure it's supposed to be possible to activate a gamersgate key on Steam? Did you check your library in Steam to make sure it didn't already activate? Steam servers all seem to be up. I own about 300 games on Steam, I have no problems even with mods and custom tweaks. I have activated humble bundle games on Steam through that method but never a GG game. Make sure that the key you are using is for that intended purpose.

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    EUIV is Steam exclusive, so no matter where you buy from it has to registered with Steam, including GG.

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    Yeah, sometimes Steam's servers get a little temperamental during peak hours. It appears that you followed the procedure correctly. As advised above, you should contact Steam's support team for additional assistance.

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    I agree, the fact we have to use the hated thing is probably the biggest disapointment with paradox, yet. For me it was 50/50 whether to buy the game or not. The tradition prevailed but wont last if I am forced to do this again. Neadless to say, the game is slow and unpleasant to play with the sh.t in the background.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomas the Great View Post
    I agree, the fact we have to use the hated thing is probably the biggest disapointment with paradox, yet. For me it was 50/50 whether to buy the game or not. The tradition prevailed but wont last if I am forced to do this again. Neadless to say, the game is slow and unpleasant to play with the sh.t in the background.
    Get a new computer lol.
    My computer is 5 years old and has no problems..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomas the Great View Post
    I agree, the fact we have to use the hated thing is probably the biggest disapointment with paradox, yet. For me it was 50/50 whether to buy the game or not. The tradition prevailed but wont last if I am forced to do this again. Neadless to say, the game is slow and unpleasant to play with the sh.t in the background.
    It's very unlikely that Steam is the cause for your slow down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave1927p View Post
    Thanks guys for the replies. So guess i'm doing it correctly and it's just steam issue. I was hoping it was a user issue.

    Thank you paradox for forcing us all on steam. (this 'thank-you' is reeking of sarcasm)

    My love affair with Steam continues...
    Anyone can have server problems. GamersGate's servers caused us terrible problems in the early CK2 days, when the in-game store couldn't contact them and stopped it loading DLCs that'd had already been bought and installed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewT View Post
    Anyone can have server problems. GamersGate's servers caused us terrible problems in the early CK2 days, when the in-game store couldn't contact them and stopped it loading DLCs that'd had already been bought and installed!
    yes, that is no doubt true...but the only difference is that no other has affected me like steam has over the years. Ultimately I've found the support I received from Gamersgate far superior than the lack thereof from Steam.

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    well I deleted all in my steam file except for userdata, the exe file and relaunched it. Then it reinstalled and now it's working in case anyone in the future has the same issue.

    Too bad I figured it out too late, now it's time to go to sleep :@

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    I too am having troubles even getting a code to register. I bought directly from shop.paradoxplaza.com thinking of course that would be the best way. The order said there would be an email to follow with the activation code, but 1 week later I still have no email from paradox with the code(s) (pre-order + extreme edition). All I have is a print screen from the shop site with an order number and a charge on my mastercard. I sent an email to webshop@paradoxplaza.com with no reply. There does not seem to be any place that I can enter this order number to get any status on actually getting the game(s) I ordered and no obvious place to turn. Anxiously wait to play....

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    Did you check your spambox xakzen?

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    Many many times. I did find this link to enter in a request for assistance: https://paradox.zendesk.com/requests/new but it is still waiting to be assigned to an agent. That service number is #24358. Hopefully they are just a little back up and will soon get me going.

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    Try this. Go to steam settings -> Download tab.
    See what you have in download region and other settings. Maybe the server you tried to get the game broke?
    I got some games from steam not long before EU4 release so at least Europe Region works XD

    Any idea when to expect steam sale for EU4 also are there any performance mods already being worked on (really desperate)?

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    Once it's installed you CAN run the game outside of steam, so if you don't want the overlay/whatever.

    Hope your issue gets fixed soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YuriKaslov View Post
    Once it's installed you CAN run the game outside of steam, so if you don't want the overlay/whatever.
    How do you do this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaxpac View Post
    How do you do this?
    Two ways. Either copy-paste the entire Europa Universalis IV folder from "steam/steamapps/common" directory, make a shortcut for eu4.exe, and run it through that (but that might take a while to copy the entire game).

    The alternative is to run the exe directly in the steamapps/common folder. The second one doesn't work for certain games, though, as I remember doing that once for another game and it still had the overlay enabled.

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