During talk about Steam today at the Game Developers Conference, Valve
announced plans for Steam
that include an overhaul the appearance of game
libraries and the addition of a communication element called Events (thanks
has details on the session, suggesting that some of what Valve is
saying and doing is in response to the rapid inroads made by the fledgling Epic
Games Store. They say: "While Valve’s talk Thursday never specifically mentioned
Epic, it was clear the company was working to highlight the work it’s already
done to establish itself in the market and the work it continues to do to make
it easier for developers to stay engaged with their customers." Here's a bit on
the new announcements:
Steam Events will be a new way for developers to
communicate with their players through Steam. The idea is that developers can
create a sort of call to action around specific in-game events. So when a big
event is scheduled to go down in a game, Steam will allow developers to put all
of that information into an Event in Steam which can be sent out to interested
players. Events will feature all of the event details and even a button that
allows players to automatically set reminders for the event through a calendar,
Steam, email, or even a player’s phone.
“We want to build the foundation for a communication platform where all of the
interesting things happening in a game finds its way to customers,” said Alden
Kroll, product designer at Valve.
Events, which will go into open beta in the next couple of months, can include
anything from an in-game event, to a tournament, live broadcast or major update.
In one of the screenshots of the new feature shown off by Kroll, a page detailed
all of the upcoming events of the week for a person’s purchased games on one
“We think of this as the way developers communicate with players through Steam,”
Another major change coming to Steam will overhaul the look of a person’s game
library in Steam.
“When players come in to play a game, we’re going to keep that as easy as
possible,” Kroll said. “This provides an opportunity for players to see what
else is happening.”