We all knew this was going to happen. Valve finally announced that Steam hasbroadcasting capabilities and while it’s uncertain if this is their way of competing with Twitch, it’s great to see that such as large company (around 100 million players use Steam) is finally doing something similar.
The first thing you’ll notice about this new feature is its simplicity, since once this is enabled, you need to click one button to start watching. To access this new functionality, you need to login to Steam and participate in the beta (go to settings, account and change from “beta participation” to “Steam beta update” in the menu.) Anyone with a Steam account can start using Broadcasting and as long as you have at least one game on the service, you can try it.
Since this is a beta version there are some limitations. For instance, it’s unclear if users will be able to monetize their broadcasts or if this is just a way of promoting games that are on Steam. Will Valve add archives to save popular gameplay videos? Will users be able to link their Twitch and Steam accounts?
As someone who spends a lot of his time watching random Dota 2 matches on the in-game menu, I think this new functionality makes a lot of sense. We’ll see where it goes from here. For more information about Steam Broadcasting, check out this extensive FAQ on Steam.