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Welcome to Steamworks! This set of frequently asked questions are some of the most common topics discussed with new and prospective Steamworks Developers.


Digital Paperwork

Q. Once I get Greenlit, how long do I have to fill out the paperwork?

A. Take as much time as you need. The invitation you received to become a Steamworks Developer does not expire.


Q. Do I need a US Taxpayer ID before completing the paperwork?

A. You will need to complete all required information before we can fully set you up in Steamworks. If you are requesting an ITIN or EIN for the purposes of tax withholding, please wait until you have the necessary ID in hand before completing the digital paperwork.


Q. Where can I find more information on banking info, tax withholding, or payment?

A. Please see the Payments, Bank & Tax FAQ


Q. Should I form a corporation?

A. That is entirely up to you. Many other developers have found it to be beneficial to form a legal entity such as a corporation, but it depends on you and your situation. If in doubt, you may want to hire a lawyer to get proper legal advice on the benefits and costs of forming a legal entity. If you do plan to form a legal entity, you will need to do so before proceeding through the digital paperwork.


Q. Can I complete the paperwork as a partnership?

A. If you have a partnership registered in the United States, then yes. However, if your partnership exists outside the US, then no.

Due to the complexity of obtaining proper tax documentation, we cannot support non-US partnerships as a legal entity within Steamworks.


Launching and Promotions

Q. Can I access the Steamworks documentation and FAQs before I've completed the paperwork?

A. Yes, you can log in to https://partner.steamgames.com and accept the SDK Access Agreement to start investigating the SDK and reading over the documentation.


Q. I'm very interested in "Early Access" for my game. Where may I find more information on how to participate?

A. Once you have completed the digital paperwork, you will have full access to the Steamworks SDK and documentation, which should answer all your questions. In the meantime, you can log in to https://partner.steamgames.com and accept the SDK Access Agreement to start investigating the SDK and reading over the documentation right now.


Q. I have questions about promoting my game and participating in sales.

A. Promotions and sales are covered in the Steamworks documentation. See 'help' below for directions on accessing Steamworks Documentation and the Steamworks Developer Group.


Q. I have so many questions about preparing my game for release on Steam.

A. We have Steamworks documentation and FAQs specifically to answer the various questions that we've had from developers in the past. Additionally, there is a Steamworks Developer group where you can ask any questions that aren't answered by the documentation. Valve employees are frequently answering questions in there, along with many other developers. It's usually the quickest way to get a response as there are many people keeping an eye on the discussions.

Please see 'help' below for directions on accessing Steamworks Documentation and the Steamworks Developer Group.


Source Engine

If you have a Source Engine mod or game, please read the Source Engine on Steam FAQ for common questions.


Help

Q. Where can I get more help or ask specific questions?

A. The Steamworks Documentation and the Steamworks Developer Group, are the best places to look for more information and ask questions. You can log in to https://partner.steamgames.com and accept the SDK Access Agreement to start investigating the SDK and reading over the documentation.


 

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