Steam may allow game sharing - Report

Recent client beta suggests update that will allow users to lend titles to other people on their friend list.

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A few lines of code in the latest Steam client beta suggests that Steam users may be able to share their games with other users on their friends list.

If the reports are confirmed, PC users will be able to share their Steam games.

According to a post from Neogaf by user "Grief.exe", the discovered lines of code suggest that users may eventually be able to loan out games in their library and take them back at any time. The relevant code of text from the client are as follows:

"SteamUI_JoinDialog_SharedLicense_Title" "Shared game library"
"SteamUI_JoinDialog_SharedLicenseLocked_OwnerText" "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."
"SteamUI_JoinDialog_SharedLicenseLocked_BorrowerText" "This shared game is currently unavailable. Please try again later or buy this game for your own library."

There is currently no word on how Valve will handle this among third-party publishers. For more news on Steam, check out GameSpot's recent coverage.

Discussion

268 comments
SniperJJS13
SniperJJS13

This is actually one of the best innovations for PC gaming I've seen. I hope Valve actually goes through with the idea.

DKant
DKant

This is great! Now if only this extended to selling games from my library I ended up never playing :(

Why should digital be any different from retail? It's like publishers have got this weird "missed revenue opportunities" obsession on the digital front.

flashn00b
flashn00b

I imagine that they're doing this to prevent PC gaming from being stuck in a rut throughout the PS4 trend.

AcadiaMLS
AcadiaMLS

When Microsoft does it, it's an abomination and they're forced to back off, but when Steam does it, it's all okay? Come on...

POP-3D
POP-3D

It could work as a rental system through Steam's market where people put their owned games for rent on the market with a specified amount of money per period (Valve of course gets a share as usual and the game company) and it could even have a minimum rate for each game based on the game price and some other factors. Every one are making money, every one are happy.

Either way for free or for a fee, it still would be awesome, though, i am only concerned about the beggars!.

FTB_Screamer
FTB_Screamer

But.... I never lend stuff to my friends. They never give it back. XD

gabusan
gabusan

If I share a game with a friend, he likes it, then we want to play multiplayer together, he will buy a copy for himself. Doesnt that make business sense?

chadwick1343
chadwick1343

This would be bad. Didn't we learn anything from the music industry?....

McDog3
McDog3

Very interesting.  This would be fantastic news indeed, if it comes true.

Ice-Cube
Ice-Cube

This will be AMAZING!! If it happens.

aeterna789
aeterna789

Honestly, I never had a problem about not being able to share games on Steam. The fact that Steam games are CHEAP AS F***, I could just buy 4 copies and gift them to my buddies (vice versa). When I end up having an extra copy, I could easily trade it for another game via Steam forums. Don't get me wrong, this is still a welcome news to me.

surferosh
surferosh

i LIKE  this news big time... we love you Gabe !!!

piyush18
piyush18

vow.. its just goona be great if it happens.. lending your owned games .. just sounds amazing.,

Kolo32
Kolo32

This is probably in prep for the SteamBox so that way their console doesn't get universally reviled like X-Box One.

Bowser05
Bowser05

That would make me like Steam even more...if that's even possible.

SciFiCat
SciFiCat

Suddenly I see more people making friends on Steam. ;P

Cloud_imperium
Cloud_imperium

Some people are concerned that prices on steam may get higher . What if they allow only those games to be shared that you bought without sales and above than specific amount of money , For Example more than 30 bucks .? Steam sales will remain there and new titles will be opened for sharing . Everyone will be happy (I am still very happy with it even if it's not true , Valve have done a lot for us PC gamers) .

travo0159
travo0159

The folks at steam must have watched the Angry Joe interview with major nelson. If this comes to fruition, then that would be another step backward for the X1 and its so called features.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Valve is finally coming full circle with Steam. They have learned that people will deal with digital distribution with the right business model.

This, combined with the rumores Steam Used Games Market, will put Steam in a competitive position and could be something that converts console gamers to PC gamers.

See, Microsoft? There are ways to make it work without going all Orwellian on people.

JOHN1486
JOHN1486

Sony Nintendo and now even Steam are crows picking the dead carcass of the Xbox One...I'm so giddy!

mike300zxt
mike300zxt

What a great idea!  Does away with the whole need for demos. Borrow a friend's game, see if you like it, and if you do, buy your own copy so your friend can have theirs back.

This is how technology should work!  Benefits the consumer, and the publisher!

Hope it comes to fruition :)

fanirama
fanirama

This sounds like a step in the right direction for digital download gaming.

B-boy
B-boy

awesome I want steam achiments

Setzera
Setzera

I seriously hope they do this, I have a few games that I've been dying to get rid of, and even though this isn't a full out trading thing, I could pretty much give my friends those games for infinite amount of time.

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

Finally.  I think this decision has more to do with the upcoming Steam box than pc gamers in general.

chatphon
chatphon

this Steam platform seems better and better.

IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

Another nail in Xbones coffin...so now I can make a custom build pc hook it up to my tv and share the games with my family....WTF is the purpose of an Xbox One then?

DSCesq
DSCesq

The tone of this forum is refreshing compared to the others right now. I'm glad some gamers (PC ones it seems) appreciate and get excited about features like this. I wish the console gamers could see the positive aspects of this, too. 

Kirintar
Kirintar

I think that's a good idea to allow friends to get interested in a game you own. A try-then-buy system.

Pulfasonic
Pulfasonic

That seems like a pretty stupid thing to do. Its only going to reduce game sales.

godfather830
godfather830

I've been saying that Xbox was copying Steam.

Now Steam is copying Xbox.

SniperJJS13
SniperJJS13

@AcadiaMLS  

The PC has a completely different standard than consoles. For PC DRM has always been accepted in some form, serials, steam, etc. 

For consoles it's always been a "put the *disc* in to play" type deal so switching to PC style DRM is bound to be traumatic for the console who tries it.

ZellyPoof
ZellyPoof

@AcadiaMLS Microsoft didn't have just one glaring problem, it had a few.  The DRM I couldn't care about except the every 24 hour DRM check.  The mandatory Kinect gizmo that hasn't really had much clarification yet.  The region lock.  The inability to upgrade anything on the console.  These are issues that do make a difference for console owners towards purchasing the product.  Steam has been quite good at offering things that are perceived as a choice, not something that's mandatory, unlike MS that just said, here you go, deal with it.  Not to mention there's a massive playerbase with Steam, sometimes they've got almost 5 million people online gaming on different games.  And a lot of the consoles *features* have been in Steam for a long while now.

xXl_z3r0_lXx
xXl_z3r0_lXx

@POP-3D That's a rather amazing idea o.o

A pat on the back to you good sir.

grbolivar
grbolivar

@FTB_Screamer Well it seems with Steam you can get it back anytime you want maybe just with the press of a button... talk about convenient ;)

xXl_z3r0_lXx
xXl_z3r0_lXx

@chadwick1343 No. You shut your filthy mouth. It's crap like that that made MS and all those other corporations implement DRM in the first place and break the gaming and video industry. People didn't pirate movies nearly as much before DRM was introduced into video. Music was always being shared from the start btw. Remember recordable cassette tapes?

grbolivar
grbolivar

@aeterna789 Sharing is never a bad thing, it opens up more possibilities, like trying a game from a friend before buying it, or just "exchanging" games with a buddy, etc.... or even renting it ;)

Slade968
Slade968

@Cloud_imperium I seriously doubt it will work that way. The concept of a sale is you get the full version at a discounted price. Not a gimped version.

kingmarty79
kingmarty79

@Hvac0120 Well said. The (meaningful) adoption of digital distribution by console gamers would be warmly welcomed given the right business model. One that respects the rights of consumers and provides incentives to go digital . Currently I see a missed opportunity. I think it's only a matter of time before console makers arrive at a digital distribution plan that benefits the consumer, manufacturers and publishers. It's seems the PC market has only gone from strength to strength since digital distribution arrived on the scene.

the_hunger
the_hunger

Now that Microsoft has backed all the way down and gotten rid of online DRM and allowed for used games sales, Steam would still have a ways to go before not looking draconian on DRM and used (disk) games. 

ROOST3R117
ROOST3R117

@plm3d_basic Yea, I think they want to build a platform like the Xbox One. I mean when publishers know they are getting first hand sales, prices could see a change in the future. And I am talking in favor of the consumer.

Let's hope!

dirtdog10304
dirtdog10304

@Hammmodi 

yeah I have one of my pcs hooked up to a tv and if I use big picture mode its kind of like using a console.

Slade968
Slade968

@DSCesq it's because those features are coming from Microsoft (allegedly, they haven't really provided much clarification on the "family share plan", personally it just sounds like a way to drum up some positive PR) and people aren't really trusting of that company at this point for reasons that are obvious.

Valve on the other hand, well they have always been good to their customers.

adam270391
adam270391

@godfather830 there have been reports from steam that they've been working on this since some time last year (if not earlier).

so it'd still be the xbox copying steam...>_>