Steam beta code implies game-sharing plans

Lines of code in the latest Steam beta seem to indicate plans to let you share games with other users.


Valve may be planning to let you share your games with friends on Steam. A few lines of code in the latest beta of the Steam client mention a "Shared game library" seem to indicate plans to let your friends borrow your games, with the ability to take them back whenever you'd like.

Three lines of code were spotted by a NeoGAF user (via Kotaku). The first simply references a shared game library, the second alerts the user that playing a game you own will cut off the borrower's use, and the third tells the borrower that the shared game is no longer available. It sounds like you'll only be able to lend out a game to one other user at a time, similar to physical copies.

We don't know when, or even if, Valve plans to implement this feature, just that the groundwork seems to be laid. We've contacted Valve and will update as more information becomes available.

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    June 19, 2013 3:45 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Steam beta code implies game-sharing plans.

    Lines of code in the latest Steam beta seem to indicate plans to let you share games with other users.

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      June 19, 2013 4:09 PM

      This is pretty crazy. When I think of my massive game library, and how many I play at a time, I'd love to be able to lend them out. If this happens, I bet you'll only be able to lend a single game at a time - and perhaps time-restricted by publishers. Maybe you can't lend them for a few months after a games release.

      Anyway - pretty interesting to see this being experimented with, I guess the Kindle lets you do this in some form, right?

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        June 19, 2013 4:18 PM

        Maybe you'll have limited times to loan them out.

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      June 19, 2013 4:22 PM

      I'll go on a wager that this will only apply to certain games and/or certain times.

      Possibly taking a nod from Blizzard and implementing their own version of "spawn" clients.

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        June 19, 2013 4:38 PM

        More likely a response to the Xbox One thing. Just done a bit better and more sensible :)

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          June 21, 2013 7:43 AM

          If by "a bit better" you mean, "way less options" and by "more sensible" you mean "only one friend to share with," then I suppose you are right.

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        June 20, 2013 10:45 AM

        Yes, I have no doubt it will be developer/publisher controlled, as with other Steam features.

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      June 19, 2013 4:30 PM

      "Sharing Summer Sale"

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      June 19, 2013 5:18 PM

      most people cant even buy any more new games anyways. how else do you saturate a saturated market? ( ok, i may be one of the few with ~300 game library )

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      June 20, 2013 4:55 AM

      Isn't this just a reaction to ? Allowing users to share games would probably get them out of this lawsuit.

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      June 21, 2013 7:41 AM

      Hopefully everybody bitches about this so we can't share games on Steam either.

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