Bethesda Launcher can now transfer your games to Steam

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Like most major game publishers, Bethesda Softworks (and its parent company, ZeniMax Media) has created a PC game launcher to download and install its games without the need for Steam. However, the app was never a popular choice with gamers and the launcher was to be discontinued after Microsoft acquired Bethesda. Now anyone who has purchased or played games in the Bethesda launcher can transfer them to Steam.

Bethesda announced earlier this year that it would discontinue the Bethesda Launcher on May 11, so games would no longer be playable, but game libraries would still be stored for transfer to another service. The company was still working on a transfer tool, which is finally operational. Anyone with a Bethesda.net account can access the Transfer Library Page to start the process, which first requires connecting a Steam account.

The Transfer Tool moves your game library to Steam and in-game purchases (like Atoms in Fallout 76) are also copied. In preparation for the Transfer Tool, Bethesda has also released games on Steam that were previously only available on the Bethesda Launcher: The Elder Scrolls Arena, The Elder Scrolls Daggerfall, Creation Kit for Fallout 4 and Skyrim Special Editionand Wolfenstein: enemy territory.

Bethesda.net transfer confirmation message

Game transfer from my Bethesda.net account

Transferring games is not entirely a transparent process, however. If you have games with locally stored save files, then you will need to move the save files to the Steam folder. Bethesda has a support article with step-by-step instructions for moving backup files, should you need them.

I just tried the transfer process myself, and although the actual transfer was completed within seconds (the only game I purchased was Fallout 76), I got an error when I first tried to connect my Steam account. After a quick search through my Gmail archives, I discovered that I had created another Bethesda.net account several years ago, which was still linked to my Steam account. Steam doesn’t have an easy way to revoke third-party permissions, so I had to reset the password for my old Bethesda account, log into it, unlink it from Steam, then log out and link my current account to .

Source: Bethesda

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