The leading gaming & software platform giant has announced its plans to allow library sharing between close friends and family, up to 10 at a time.
Steam, “the iTunes of gaming”, famous for its insane sales where triple A titles go down from 50% to 90% every once in a while, recently announced another perk of its DRM: the company now allows up to 10 players (non-simultaneously) to access a Steam account’s library and games of the account owner’s choosing. This would allow a separate set of achievements and saves for each computer without much more meddling, and should be particularly useful for those who share a computer.
Anna Sweet explains that “customers have expressed a desire to share their digital games among friends and family members, just as current retail games, books, DVDs, and other physical media can be shared, Family Sharing was created in direct response to these user requests.”
The way it works is pretty simple: the owner of the account authorizes a library for a certain device, and those games will become accessible from that particular computer. Valve has clarified that simultaneous usage of an account’s library is not allowed, and the lender will have priority every time. If another player is using that library, he/she will just be given a couple minutes to either purchase the game or quit playing.
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