Valve Launches Beta for Steam Broadcasting

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Posted on December 2, 2014, Stew Shearer Valve Launches Beta for Steam Broadcasting

Valve has announced the beta for its new Steam-based broadcasting service.

The service, dubbed Steam Broadcasting by the company, was unveiled today in an announcement on the digital distributors official website. Urging customers to “watch friends play, with the click of a button” the new broadcasting options will give Steam users the ability to broadcast and watch live gameplay footage through Steam without the help of an outside program. Valve further affirmed the purpose of these new options in a separate press release.

“Steam Broadcast is designed for ease of use, allowing anyone to view a friend’s game by simply clicking on “Watch Game” on their Friend’s profile or Friend’s List to open a window into their gameplay – no game ownership, special fees, or additional apps required.”

To gain access to the new broadcasting options, interested need only go to their account settings and change their beta participation settings to “Steam Beta Update.” After doing that they’ll gain access to the new features which include options to regulate who gets to see their broadcasted footage. Valve has also released a series of regulations it intends to enforce for Steam-based broadcasts. Among these are rules prohibiting porn and “offensive” or “leaked” content. Broadcasters will also banned from talking about piracy, “cheating, hacking, game exploits” and threats against other people “even as a joke.” Perhaps most surprising, broadcasters won’t be able swear.

The big question, of course, is how well Steam Broadcasting will fare against already established streaming sites like Twitch. While Steam’s large user base could give it a leg up, we could see its extensive list of regulations perhaps being a turn off to some gamers.

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