Valve just announced a new cool upcoming feature.
The Steam Family Sharing will allow you to share your Steam games with others on up to 10 different computers. That means, people will be able to play your games while using their own Steam accounts, on your local or a different computer. That sounds much like the Family Sharing program announced for the Xbox One before Microsoft went 180°.
The catch, as soon you start playing any game on your original account, even when it’s a different game, your friend has 1 minute to quit playing or to buy the game. Should your friend be an asshole that is caught cheating or doing fraudulent activities while playing your games, your sharing rights will be revoked. So beware who you share with.
To apply for the Beta join the Family Sharing Group.
The full Press Release by Valve,
Originally posted by Valve:
Steam Announces Family Sharing
Coming Soon: Players who share computers can also share their Steam games
September 11, 2013 – Steam Family Sharing, a new service feature that allows close friends and family members to share their libraries of Steam games, is coming to Steam, a leading platform for the delivery and management of PC, Mac, and Linux games and software. The feature will become available next week, in limited beta on Steam.
Steam Family Sharing is designed for close friends and family members to play one another’s Steam games while each earning their own Steam achievements and storing their own saves and application data to the Steam cloud. It’s all enabled by authorizing a shared computer.
“Our 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,” explained Anna Sweet of Valve. “Family Sharing was created in direct response to these user requests.”
Once a device is authorized, the lender’s library of Steam games becomes available for others on the machine to access, download, and play. Though simultaneous usage of an account’s library is not allowed, the lender may always access and play his games at any time. If he decides to start playing when a friend is borrowing one of his games, the friend will be given a few minutes to either purchase the game or quit playing.
For more information about Steam Family Sharing and the beta program, please visit store.steampowered.com/sharing.