Interview with Bernard Frischer, Founder of Flyover Zone, and Nathanael Tavares, CEO of Flyover Zone
Questions for Email Interviews with Bernard & Nathanael, 2021By TammyJo
The Steam PC Café Program allows licensees to offer Steam, SteamVR and select titles in their establishment(s). The program leverages a host of Steam tools that makes it easy for licensees to administer and manage the service. After successfully signing up, you will have access to hundreds of commercial game licenses through Steam; you will see what patrons are playing in your facility and use our content cache features to distribute game files across your LAN.
The program is suitable for any location that provides access to the Internet which includes but is not limited to Cybercafés, PC Bangs, retail shops, coffee shops, schools, libraries, hospitals, theaters, airplanes, cruise ships, buses, trains, subways, etc. They must also be registered as a non-profit, public institution, sole proprietorship, partnership, Limited Liability Company, corporation, or other organized group with a registration number.
If your organization operates from multiple locations you can identify each location during the registration process and share all of your Steam content across those sites. Steam handles the management of that content for you. All you do is run a local Steam PC Café Server at each location.
When a customer visits your café they will go to the PC you assign them and login using their own personal Steam account. If they do not have a Steam account they will be able to create a Steam account while launching Steam. Once the customer is logged in they will see both the games they own and the games you are making available on their library screen. When they choose to play one of the games you are offering the Site License Server will notify the Steam backend service that a user is requesting a game license. When the user exits the game, the license will be returned to the site’s license pool for that game. Customers will be able to use site licenses for any given game until the number of licenses you own for that game are concurrently in use.
For example: Your café has 50 PCs available and you have 35 licenses of Left 4 Dead 2 in your license pool. Up to 35 customers will be able to play Left 4 Dead 2 concurrently on the PCs in your café. If a 36th customer comes into the café and wants to play Left 4 Dead 2 they will be presented with a message that there are no licenses available. If any of the 36 customers own a copy of Left 4 Dead 2 on their personal Steam account they will be able to play and that user will not pull a license from the location’s pool.
Commercial accounts will have access on Steam to purchase commercial copies of any game where the publisher is offering a commercial copy. During the purchase process you will be able to enter the quantity of the commercial game you wish to purchase and any applicable volume discounts will be applied at the time of purchase. See our bulk discount rates.
As part of the Steamworks onboarding process, you will be required to complete the following steps:
When entering your company information, you must follow these guidelines:
You will need to provide both the legal company name and company form to onboard to Steamworks. An example of a Company Form is “A Quebec limited liability partnership” or “A Washington State corporation” or “A Sole Proprietorship”. If you own the organization as an individual, indicate “Sole Proprietorship” and enter your legal first and last name as the Company Name. Do not enter a “Doing Business As” (d/b/a) or “friendly name.”
Note: While we can work with non-US corporations and non-US sole proprietorships, we are unable to work with partnerships that exist outside the US, if such a partnership is taxed at the individual partner(s) versus the partnership level.
In order to sign up for the Site License Program, you will need to have either a new Steam account or an account that has not purchased or activated any Steam products. This is the account that you will use for signing digital paperwork and for configuring and managing your site(s). This will be referred to as your Master Account.
To create a new Steam account, please visit the Steam website.
Once you have completed the above setup, it’s time to run the server in your local network.
The content cache allows you to download game files once and then distribute them through your local network to the individual game stations. Patrons that bring their own computer or laptop can also access the game files instead of using your location’s Internet bandwidth. Please note that the game files will be saved on your server machine and you may need to increase your hard drive space depending on the amount of games that you will offer.
Only games specifically mentioned for commercial use on Steam can be offered to your customers and patrons. Commercial game licenses can be found by visiting a game’s individual Steam store page. The commercial license and details about it will be displayed right under the regular end user purchase option on the game’s store page. You can browse through our license catalog on the Steam PC Cafe content page.
With the VR arcade model you will need to purchase game licenses with the station’s individual Steam account directly – once purchased, they cannot be transferred or used by another station. You will need one game license per account.
Discounts from 10% to 50% are offered on our commercial products via the Steam PC Cafe program. See our Bulk Discount Rates below.
Commercial licenses are non-perpetual, and will last a total of 1 year before they must be renewed. You can renew your license at any time after the commercial license expires.
Yes, the Steam PC Café Server and the clients need to be able to communicate with Steam for it to manage the licenses and allow users to play. We will not support “offline” mode within the program.
Ensure you sign up for the Steam PC Cafe Program prior to purchasing a commercial license.
If you have not completed the steps prior and signed into your master account you will NOT see a commercial license when you go to purchase.
$9.99 per copy. Save 10% to 50% with commercial license.
$5.99 per copy. Save 10% to 50% with commercial license.
$1.99 per copy. Save 10% to 50% with commercial license.
$19.99 per copy. Save 10% to 50% with commercial license.
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