No, no it isn't. Civilization 5 has Steamworks integrated into it for various networking and stuff which was used for the multiplayer part of Civ5. The multiplayer portion of Civ5 is as built into the game as the singleplayer stuff is, you'd have to spend some serious time disabling the multiplayer and ripping stuff out of the game and then putting it back together in order to remove Steamworks. This is impractical for many reasons, it will cost Firaxis a lot of money in wages and time paying its employees to do this, the game won't have multiplayer, and I don't even know how they are going to put out this version of Civ5 for sale. 2K would never allow this, the game has already sold many, many copies, and having a non-multiplayer version that doesn't have Steam probably isn't going to sell well enough to justify the effort and expense. It isn't going to happen. If you still magically think it can happen then go ahead and write a letter to Firaxis and ask them if it could please be done (and do post a screenshot/scan of the letter before you send it and the reply when you get one). Still hasn't stopped Steam being popular, and that is an issue you need to take up with your ISPs (which for the most part seem pretty crappy, and Canadian ones aren't a hell of a lot better either)). Having to click three more times is not a good enough reason to make it a major problem. An expensive paperweight that takes up extremely little space and only exists digitally. Or are you referring to the physical DVD case, copy and whatever else is in there? Then it isn't really that different from non-Steam games. Then take it up with the courts. As I've said before, whether you believe it or not doesn't change the reality of the situation. You can plug your ears and yell "la la la la" all you want, but the earth is still going to orbit the sun and Civ5 is still going to require Steam. Its obvious you are simply being stubborn and refusing to listen to anything that disagrees with your opinions, so goodluck with that. Civ5 has multiplayer and is the game in question, this isn't about Skyrim. I never said that I think it should be mandatory for every game, that is a conclusion you have created yourself. I've shown why it is liked by publishers/developers and why they are likely to use it despite a minority not liking it enough to not purchase the game. I have no doubt that Skyrim will use Steam, since Bethesda is using it for Fallout 3 and other games they are publishing (but didn't develop themselves) like Fallout: new Vegas and the upcoming Brink.