Your understanding is flawed. He asked about whether we would require Steam ONLY. You're talking about how Steam works, which has nothing to do with the example I gave - or the question asked. EVE Online uses it's own account system and Steam is NOT required after initial install and account creation. Need another example? Install GTA4 via Steam, then exit Steam. Open the Social Club application in the GTA4 directory and you can run GTA 4 from that - bypassing Steam entirely. You're wrong. The answer to #1 *is* unknown, but IMHO it would be counter-productive and ultimately lose revenue and customers to use Steam alone. However, at this stage, there's no answer, which is why I said so. You're wrong on every level of understanding and acceptance with your post. If someone doesn't have an answer for a question, they don't have an answer for a question, regardless of your own assumptions.