Posted on January 6, 2014 AT 10:48am
Steam has updated the policies behind its Family Sharing feature with stricter criteria designed to better protect lenders.
Previously, Steam users could authorize up to ten computers to borrow their purchased games, after which any account logging into a whitelisted computer would be able to access their library of titles. Now, lenders are additionally required to also maintain a list of up to ten accounts, and their games will only be accessible if the borrower meets both criteria—an whitelisted account operating on an whitelisted computer. Unapproved accounts on an approved computer will need to directly request access from the lender, offering a much greater degree of control and awareness for owners.
That’s important, because the Family Sharing policy includes a substantial degree of risk for those who lend out their games. If a borrower cheats in a title secured by Valve’s anti-cheat service, VAC, any potential ban would be tied to the owner’s account, not the borrower’s.
Steam’s Family Sharing program was first announced in September of last year. It remains in closed beta.
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