Steam Accidentally Leaks Steam.tv

Steam Accidentally Leaks Steam.tv

Last Friday, Valve accidentally gave people a sneak peak at a new project they have in the works. This project, called ‘Steam.tv’, is a streaming service that is likely going to be a competitor to Twitch.

Coming soon.

Last Friday, Pavel Djundik, the curator of third-party website Steam Database, posted this tweet:

As of this writing, the link leads to a blank page. However, when the tweet was posted, it lead to a page that simply said “Welcome to steam.tv”. The website’s certificate shows that this is indeed a legitimate Valve website. It’s been rumored that Valve would find a way to compete with Twitch, but now it seems we have solid proof of their plans.

Later that evening, Steam.tv went live, and those lucky enough to be there got a sneak peak at Valve’s livestreaming service. At the time, the only thing watchable was The International 2018, a major tournament for Valve’s popular MOBA Dota 2. According to CNET, the livestreaming network makes uses of Steam’s recently redesigned chat system and built-in voice chat for Google Chrome.

Some time later, the livestreaming service stopped, and anyone visiting the page as of this writing will find a blank page. Valve was asked for more information by several news websites. Valve spoke to CNET and explained what happened. It seems an internal test accidentally went public. They said:

We are working on updating Steam Broadcasting for the Main Event of The International, Dota 2’s annual tournament. What people saw was a test feed that was inadvertently made public.

The International 2018’s Main Event runs from August 20 to August 25. If everything goes well, we might get more information on Steam.tv in the coming days. We’ll have to wait to see if it can become a major rival for Twitch and other livestreaming sites.

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