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This article was published on December 2, 2014


Steam unveils game live streaming to compete with Twitch

Steam unveils game live streaming to compete with Twitch
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Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.

Steam has today unveiled a new beta feature called ‘Broadcasting’ that allows you to stream your games to your friends — just like on Twitch — directly from Steam’s client.

The company touts it as being incredibly simple to watch friends play at the click of a button. Steam users on the preview can set their client to allow friends to watch any time they’re gaming or only when invited.

Broadcasting only starts when someone jumps in to watch and ends when the game is quit, however users have the option to also broadcast their desktop to stop the stream from ending. Steam broadcasts are only available live at launch and can’t be saved for later.

Steam broadcasting is only available for PC at launch but game streams can be viewed in Chrome and Safari.

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