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63. Re: Steam Family Sharing Announced; Will Allow Game Lending Sep 12, 2013, 09:17 Verno
 
Tim1_2 wrote on Sep 12, 2013, 07:52:
This is actually a good feature, and a step in the right direction. People are complaining about it, but it's something Valve didn't have to do at all.

Steam will never let you give away games out of your library, or enable simultaneous use of the same game between accounts...that would just be a horrible business decision.

That's not what people want though, no one seriously thought they would get simultaneous usage of the same game, that's just silly. They want the ability to lend a game they are no longer playing to a friend or family member. It can have arbitrary time limits, could only be done once and other restrictions but at least it would be genuinely useful. Companies need to make money and people understand that but this doesn't need to impact their bottom line. People are complaining because they've been clamoring for that and instead you end up with a completely different implementation that isn't terribly useful outside of a few niche scenarios.

This is essentially account sharing without sharing the account password and it's arguably more awkward than the current workaround.

You're right though that it's a first step and things are moving in the right direction.
 
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