Steam has long been a staple when it has come to buying games online and easily dwarfs competitors like EA's Origin, which only recently ceased sales of physical media last year. Steam was one of the first major platforms that focused upon digital delivery of games through its online store, but has also branched out to sell non-game software in more recent years.
A major benefit of Steam's digital delivery is that a game can be installed using the service without much hassle. Steam keeps things organized and offers a wide variety of options from major and indie publishers. However, as numerous Steam sales have rolled through year after year, it is without a doubt that some users game libraries have amassed quite a collection of titles.
Naturally, some items in your library may contain some well played games with hundreds or thousands of hours of gameplay clocked up against them. Yet, there may be a small number of truly terrible games which were never brought up to scratch that you ignore, hoping they will silently disappear.
Well, now there is a way to deal with those "regret spends" by deleting them permanently from your Steam library as follows:
- Login to Steam Support using your Steam account
- Locate and click on the game you wish to disown using the search box at the bottom of the page
- Click on the option to permanently remove the game from your account
While this should work for all games, it works differently for some games or DLC bought in a bundle. In these situations, you cannot delete a single game item from the package - you're only option is to delete the entire package from your library. In other words, be careful when pruning back your Steam library.
While you may not need to use this capability all that often, it could be an ideal way to make short work of "regret spends" such as Ashes Cricket 2013 which was infamously canceled after being released on Steam.