Valve working on Twitch-like broadcasting platform

Valve mistakenly previews its upcoming streaming service

Unrelated to this announcement, but it's a nice visual way to represent Valve's gaming initatives, yeah?

This isn't the only way that Valve hosts streams of its flagship multiplayer esports title, but Steam TV is a new effort to build a dedicated platform to game streaming that's twinned with, but not built inside, Steam, thereby opening up its viewership to everyone who isn't a Steam gamer - a crucial advantage of websites like Twitch and YouTube. If it can make streaming more convenient via reliable tools within the Steam client, and also give developers lots of room to customize how their games are streamed (the Dota 2 highlight markers are presumably just the beginning), it may be a real force in the scene.

Watching pro Dota 2 is, of course, not where Valve plans to stop with and in-client broadcasting.

We don't know when Valve will officially launch

Here's what it looks like when you log in with your Steam account.

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Way back in late 2014, Valve began experimenting with broadcasting, bringing the ability for Steam users to livestream their games to their friends. You have to then expand it again. There was also built-in voice chat support for Google Chrome.

Those interested in seeing where things go should keep an eye on Steam.TV, which since Valve took down the test site now loads only a blank page. "What people saw was a test feed that was inadvertently made public". Still, it'll be interesting to see how it develops in the long-term, and whether it'll eventually emerge as a competitor to other major streaming platforms like Twitch and Mixer as some are expecting.

The site went live briefly on Friday evening with a broadcast window set up for "The International", Valve's big Dota 2 tournament.

Update, 10:05 p.m. PT: Added statement from Valve that went live by accident.


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