Online game streaming is a big business, with Twitch currently being the most dominant force in that market. However, Valve aren’t sitting by idly as the company has begun the Steam Broadcasting beta allowing players to broadcast their games through the Steam client, as well as web browsers. The beta appears to be open to everyone and has different settings allowing you to choose who you broadcast to.
You can restrict broadcasting to just your friends, who can watch you play at any time by just pressing the Watch Game option that appears when they click on your name while you’re in game. Or you can choose to broadcast to the whole world with your stream appearing in the community hub for the game. You can choose to end your broadcast at any time, but if you’re not in game you can still show off your desktop if you wish. Just keep it clean as Steam has created a list of what is not allowed to be streamed.
That list is:
- 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
If you want to take part make sure you enter your Steam client, enter you account settings and change the beta participation to Steam Beta Update.