Valve announces Steam Family
will launch next week in limited beta form, allowing players to lend
games to family and friends. Here's a bit from the FAQ: "Family Sharing is
enabled in one of two ways: You can either locally enable sharing in Account
Settings, with Family Sharing & Devices, or remotely respond to a user’s Steam
request to share your previously installed games via email." Here's the
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