A post on Planet Half-Life
(thanks Frans) reproduces some quotes from Valve's Erik Johnson posted to a Steam
forum thread discussing the role of Steam in the future of Half-Life. Here
are the excerpts:
There will no longer be a WonID system, it will be
replaced by the SteamID system.
When we convert the userbase to Steam, a single WonID will be valid for all of
If you're purchased a product from us at retail, you're going to have access to
all of our products via Steam.
No, you do not have to pay for Steam.
That is correct, you'll have to have Steam installed to play the most current
version of Half-Life.
this sounds like it would help pirates. They'd only need to pirate a single CD key, maybe from some old boxed copy of HL from years ago, and they could use it for every future Valve product that comes online.