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From the looks of it, Valve launched Steam.tv, what seems to be their all-new streaming service, as an effort to steal gamers from Twitch, Mixer and similar services. Just a few days ago, Steam.tv kicked off with live coverage of the biggest Dota 2 tournament in the world – The International 2018. However, Steam.tv was online for just a brief period of time before being shut down. Valve has later explained that it was all an accident. Whether or not this is true, I believe we’ll find out in the next couple of days…

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As you all know, Steam has their own internal streaming feature which allows you to share your gameplay with friends or anyone who might be interested in it. However, it seems Valve isn’t too satisfied with the limitations they’ve put on their feature. Now, they want to expand and offer global streaming service to serve as direct competitors to Twitch, YouTube Gaming, Mixer and so on.

Valve launched Steam.tv – Was it the right thing to do?

Now, this is the correct question to ask at this moment. Barging in on a market which is already well saturated might be too much even for Valve. It’s a double-edged sword by all means, but one thing is certain – people at Valve don’t lack the knowledge or experience to make things work.

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Still, the majority of gamers who play eSports for money rely on Twitch as their main source of income. Chances are high that Steam.tv won’t be able to attract them. What they can fight for are big eSports tournaments which rack in huge viewership. Especially considering the fact they have created 2 of the most popular eSports in the world – Dota 2 and CS:GO.

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Steam.tv – Is it any good?

As far as the actual streaming service is concerned, Steam.tv doesn’t seem to be too far off from its direct competitors. Valve launched Steam.tv during the group stage matches of TI8 and the quality was up to par. There was no stuttering and both video and audio were state of the art. You could also share your thoughts with Steam friends in the chat or even communicate with them directly via voice chat in the browser.

Realistically speaking here, there is nothing new and innovative on Valve’s platform for it to cause distress to Twitch and others. Perhaps the idea is to offer exclusive streaming via Steam.tv for Valve’s highly popular eSports franchises Dota 2 and CS:GO. If that’s the case, perhaps this service might actually make a proper name for itself. Will that turn out to be true? Well, I guess we’ll have to wait and see…

UPDATE – Steam.tv is back online and you can tune in by clicking HERE!


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3 years ago

Valve on a greed again? LOL

3 years ago

So what if they will launched steam tv? Keep in mind competition is always good.

3 years ago

Desperate move again from valve haha