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Steam may launch game-sharing feature soon



3 lines of code found in the latest Steam client beta make reference to something called a "shared game library", which has caused speculation that you may soon be able to share your purchases with friends.

--- Code: ---"SteamUI_JoinDialog_SharedLicense_Title" "Shared game library"
"SteamUI_JoinDialog_SharedLicenseLocked_OwnerText" "Just so you know, your games are currently in use by %borrower%. Playing now will send %borrower% a notice that it's time to quit."
"SteamUI_JoinDialog_SharedLicenseLocked_BorrowerText" "This shared game is currently unavailable. Please try again later or buy this game for your own library."
--- End code ---

As shown in the codes above, playing a shared game will result in the service intimating that a particular game is in use by a 'borrower'. Playing a game while it is with a borrower will show the borrower an error stating that the game is no longer available, returning you your game.

gotta love it when people actually bother reading the sourcecode for info like these.


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