Valve is jumping on the game streaming train by introducing Steam Broadcasting. The feature is launching today in beta for gamers to try out. Steam Broadcasting will take on Twitch’s monopoly on game streaming.
To start broadcasting your game, just click the Stream button and your friends will be able to watch your game session. Steam Broadcasting currently only supports live streaming so you can’t record a game session to stream it later.
Friends can hop onto your live stream by right-clicking on your Steam name in their friends list and clicking Watch Game. They are also given a choice to join your game as usual.
The privacy settings for Steam Broadcasting are very basic at launch. You can decide who can watch your stream by limiting it to requests, friends only, or anyone. If you choose to stream to anyone, your feed will show up on the game’s hub.
Broadcasting is also limited to Windows 7 and 8, though Valve promises to bring the feature to OS X, Linux and Windows Vista in the future.
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