Steam Broadcasting beta begins today

Those looking to broadcast their PC gaming playthroughs now have a new way to do so.

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Broadcasting games is all the rage nowadays and Valve isn't about to let this trend slip them by. With that said, all Steam users will now be able to broadcast their games through the use of Steam Broadcasting.

Any Steam user that has previously made a Steam purchase and is not in a Community Banned state can broadcast their playthrough of any game by adjusting their Steam Client settings. Privacy settings can allow users to have their friends list watch their games, open their game to all viewers, and even broadcast their inert desktop. Viewers can watch these broadcast directly through the Steam Client, as well as Chrome and Safari.

It should be noted that conduct rules are in place and good etiquette is expected. So that means no swearing! You can read all of these rules, as well as the requirements on the Steam Broadcasting FAQ.

Those looking to take part in Steam Broadcasting can opt into the beta today. For more information, see the Steam Broadcasting page.

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    December 2, 2014 11:10 AM

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      December 2, 2014 11:21 AM

      This is pretty great. I read the fact but I am really interested in seeing how their chat/viewer interface is. A big part of Twitch and twitch streaming seems to be interaction with the community so this could (probably won't) make or break this.

      The FAQ seems to state that you will be able to see viewers and chat but possibly only when you bring in the overlay?

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      December 2, 2014 11:35 AM

      Wow, this is slick. I'm a little surprised that they chose to build their own solution rather than integrate with Twitch, though.

      Here's someone streaming right now:
      http://steamcommunity.com/broadcast/watch/76561198035785804

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        December 2, 2014 11:37 AM

        Integrating with Twitch doesn't really make sense for this particular feature though. I don't think they're really targeting that type of service/functionality even though both involve streaming.

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          December 2, 2014 11:39 AM

          The feature is "live streaming games to the internet" - that's exactly what Twitch does, right?

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            December 2, 2014 11:43 AM

            The feature is live streaming games to your friends and, if you so desire, the public at large. All Twitch streams are public, so at the very least they lack the necessary functionality to support what Valve is doing. I don't get the impression that this is meant to compete with Twitch but is rather an easy way to show a group of friends what you're doing as opposed to putting on a public show, even if the latter is still possible.

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        December 2, 2014 11:46 AM

        Don't forget that Amazon bought Twitch, which probably affects something something.

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      December 2, 2014 2:55 PM

      Anybody doing this now? I'd like to see it first hand.

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      December 3, 2014 12:04 AM

      This is also accessible via steams web store. http://steamcommunity.com/?subsection=broadcasts Appears to exclude firefox.

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