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Did you ever find yourself stuck on a level and asked your friend for help via phone? Then you had to tell him what was happening while awkwarly following his instructions and more often than not something gets lost in the message. Well, that may come to an end in the next Steam update. The new broadcasting system will allow your friends to watch you play (and you can watch them as well). 

The service will be pretty easy to use. Just right click on a friend’s name in the “Friends” tab and click “Watch Game”. Depending of the settings your friend selected, you’ll either jump into the broadcasting window to watch him play or you’ll have to wait for him to accept your request.

Steam grants you the possibility to show off to more people than just your friends. If in the privacy settings of the broadcasting you select “anyone can watch my games”, your playing session will be showed in the game’s community hub. Just like a live streaming but without the overlays and other services of the streaming services like Twitch (at least by the information we have now).

This is a cool little addition to Steam that could potentially increase the partecipation of the players in the community. Another way Valve is showing us their will of pushing the community side of their client.

The Steam Broadcasting service is not live yet, but you can try it right now by opting in the Steam Client Beta. To do so you’ll have to open the Steam client, click “Steam” in the top left corner, select Settings > Account and change your “Beta Participation” to “Steam Beta Update”.

What do you think of this latest addition? Will it make your play sessions more entertaining?

Luigi Savinelli

Staff Writer

Gamer since I can remember and now writer for your enjoyment. Can't say more. Those games will not play themselves

  • JackDandy

    Woah, neat. This is gonna work for every game on steam?

  • [CU]MadKnight Hatter

    oooh. This will be a VERY interesting addition. It sounds rather great. Definitely something to keep note of when you just want to be lazy occasionally when playing vidya and don’t want to make a video.

    I wonder if you can record your session and upload it to youtube or stream to twitch with it?

  • Well, my twitch and hitbox accounts are now pointless

  • killdeer

    I can’t wait to troll my friends by making them watch me do dumb shit.

  • Chris Leudard

    This is wonderful but the rules seem a bi… boring.
    >Broadcasts should not include:
    >Porn, inappropriate or offensive content, warez or leaked content or anything else not safe for work
    >Any discussion of piracy
    >Cheating, hacking, game exploits
    >Threats of violence or harassment, even as a joke
    >Posted copyright material such as magazine scans
    >Soliciting, begging, auctioning, raffling, selling, advertising, referrals
    >Racism or discrimination
    >Abusive language, including swearing

    Piracy, discrimination, copyright and threats are a no brainer, but stuff like exploits, swearing, raffles souds pretty boring and would mean no speedruns, cool raffles with your viewers and stuff. And no swearing? come on. I mean, even video games swear, get real.
    Lets see if they are changed later on or how they decide to enforce them
    I was checking the streams an hour ago and someone was streaming anime and it was the one with most views too. Lets see if those are taken down in the future or not. For now it helped me comfirm Chaika is overrated crap.

  • PossiblyCthulhu

    Is there an option to turn it off completely, for performance? I’m currently on my mac, and you’re not given any options as broadcasting isn’t supported on OS X yet

  • Psyramics

    It only broadcasts when someone is watching, and you can make it invite only which I assume means people can’t even ask.

  • Luigi Savinelli

    Yes. The broadcast only starts if there’s at least one person watching it so if you set your games to be viewable only to people you invite, you will not broadcast unless you invite yourself someone to watch

  • Luigi Savinelli

    Well, as far as we know, this service does not support overlays and other cool stuff you can do with third party streaming services. It may be subject to change tho

  • Luigi Savinelli

    Yes and even non steam games you add to the library manually (but only your friends can watch you play those)

  • Luigi Savinelli

    The FAQ says that as of now they only support live streamings. No recordings sadly

  • Luigi Savinelli

    I expect the “no swearing” part to be one of those “only on paper” rules. Because, honestly, any Dark Souls streaming ever would have to be banned

  • SirBittle

    Keep in mind as well, if you subscribe to anyone on Twitch, it doesn’t sound like this service would have the same monetization abilities. I have people I regularly watch and like to support.

  • PossiblyCthulhu

    Thanks to you both for the clarifications.

  • Reptile

    Would be cool to play games like counter strike with a mini-window streaming your teammate’s camera for tactical purposes. just like SWAT 4… ahh memories…

  • Javier Vega

    Its going to be harder for the trolls.

  • Alex White

    “Did you ever find yourself stuck on a level and asked your friend for help via phone”

    No, because its not 1995 anymore 😛

    On a serious note this looks a lot of fun.

  • that’s why most of us Dark Souls players don’t have commentary videos.

  • ZURATAMA1324

    I don’t get why would we need this.
    Valve is suddenly becoming tacky.

    I get that Valve is trying to be the ultimate All-In-One program of gaming but it just ends up creating an overall flimsy service.

    Unless I see some unique value proposition out of this, I’m not interested.