SOON, PEOPLE WHO SHARE their home computers will be able to share Steam games with their families and friends, according to Steam pubisher Valve.
Valve is bringing in Steam Family Sharing, a feature that lets users share their game libraries.
The company said that it will roll out the feature shortly, and that it follows user comments and is an acknowledgement that people can share hard copy media.
"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, a business development person at Valve.
"Family Sharing was created in direct response to these user requests."
The feature will be added next week in a beta format. According to Steam it will apply on PC, Mac and Linux games and software, and work across a user's account.
Steam said that it is pitched for people who want to share with "close friends and family members", and added that in order to use the feature customers will have to authorise a shared computer.
Once a computer has been authorised various players can use the same games on the same machine and build up their own profiles, game scores and progress.
Simultaneous gaming is not allowed, and if two people on the same account are online at the same time one will be asked to buy the game in order to continue playing.
One Steam account can be shared across a total of 10 devices. µ
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