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Steam Code Suggests Game-Sharing Functionality to be Added to Service

Posted on June 19, 2013 AT 10:17am

Code discovered in the latest Steam client beta suggests the digital download service will be adding game-sharing functionality in the future, Kotaku reports.

The code was found by NeoGAF user Grief.exe. Text from a dialogue prompt suggests that shared games will not playable simultaneously by borrower and owner.

“Just so you know, your games are currently in use by %borrower%. Playing now will send %borrower% a notice that it’s time to quit,” dialogue from a prompt found in the code reads. “This shared game is currently unavailable. Please try again later or buy this game for your own library.”

This sharing system is, by description, similar to what Microsoft plans for the Xbox One.

The code in question can be found within the “steamui_english” file when opened in a text editor. Valve has yet to officially announce game-sharing functionality for Steam, but multiple outlets have reached out to them for comment.

Source: Kotaku

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