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Guild Wars 2 - Playing With Existing Account on Steam (Workaround)

Guild Wars 2 on Steam does not allow us to play an existing in-game account by default. Here, however, you will learn how to work around this problem.

Guild Wars 2 made its debut on Steam yesterday, arousing the interest of both old and new players. Unfortunately, veterans experienced quite a disappointment, as it turned out that when buying the game via Valve's platform, they can't officially link the game with an existing GW2 acccount.

This would mean that they have to start the game from the very beginning. Fortunately, there is a simple trick that will enable you to use your old account even in the Steam version of Guild Wars 2.

Guild Wars 2 on Steam - how to connect an existing account?

Guild Wars 2 on Steam is essentially no different from the classic version. Valve's platform serves only as a kind of launcher. So by modifying certain files, you can use your existing account also in this edition of the title. All you need to do is follow the few steps listed below.

  1. Launch Steam, go to your library and right-click on Guild Wars 2 located in the panel on the left.
  2. Select "Properties".
  3. Under the "General" tab, you will find "Startup options." In the empty field, paste "-provider Portal",
  4. Close the panel, then launch the game. This time you will be able to log into your existing account.

It is worth mentioning at this point that for the time being, when using this method, you are advised against buying DLCs for the game on Steam. They would most likely be automatically assigned to your Steam account, rather than the older one you have been using for years.

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Przemyslaw Dygas

Przemyslaw Dygas

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