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Steam.tv is back online — just in time for you to let gamers watch Dota two tournament The worldwide while chatting with their friends .

We have a first look at the newest Steam match broadcasting stage a week, even when Valve unintentionally pushed it live.

Last Friday afternoonwe watched  that a smattering of reports which PC gaming giant Valve had registered the domain name name Steam.tv, speculating that Valve could soon launch a service designed to take on Amazon’s popular game-streaming website Twitch.tv. Sinceyou understand, E-Sports are kind of a big deal nowadays, with millions upon millions of dollars on the line, and Valve’s own Dota two match may be the attention of one of their biggest E-Sports events of this season , the one that just so happens to kickoff next week.

So you can imagine our surprise when we found that Steam.tv actually went live Friday, and we have one of those sole first looks online. 

Here’s what we discovered afterward:

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Valve pulled it down Friday, telling c-net it had been pushed live by mistake, but that which we saw was fairly restricted anyway: the Steam.tv website was only showing off The International, that’s the giant Dota two tournament I had been referring to earlier — so it wasn’t exactly allowing any ol’ Steam participant to live-stream their gameplay sessions quite yet. 

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But we could already see that the port is significantly improved compared to Steam’s existing Steam Broadcasting website. It feels much like a native internet app. 

Once I logged in, I was able to gain get to my brand newest Steam Chat friends list and group chats — the port looks very similar to steamcommunity.com/chat, however with more functionality and invite friends to watch videos while we chat. (hello, @seaniccus!) The port has room for a number of tabs top for additional chat windows, however weirdly, the video becomes minimized when you invite friends. You’ve got to then expand it .

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Oh, and there’s built-in voice chat right there in your internet browser, at least in Google Chrome. While the Steam.tv interface works in Firefox and Micro Soft Edge, voice chat isn’t supported in those browsers yet — and I haven’t actually been able to log in the chat interface together with those browsers at the time of Monday.

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Additionally, I downloaded the newest Steam Beta Update on desktop computer to see whether it unlocked any new functionality, however it doesn’t appear to support Steam.tv videos not only can I never watch The International from the desktop app, however when I started broadcasting a session of Into the Breach, and my buddy tried to watch me play via Steam.tv, it kicked him to the older Steam Broadcasting webpage rather than

A Valve representative told CNET that Steam.tv went live by accident and was supposed to become an interior test:’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,’ said the company Friday.

A fresh article on the official Dota 2 site discussed’custom elements’ added to Steam Broadcasting specific to Dota two in the lead up for the International. Valve plans to’extend’ service for many games broadcasting after the tournament finishes and’expose a new broadcast Steamworks API to Steam partners’.

Up to now, Steam.tv looks like it may possibly be a fantastic spot to hang out with friends while watching games, however it’s not clear from that announcement whether it’ll be a better alternative to Amazon’s Twitch, Microsoft’s Mixer and Google’s YouTube Gaming quite yet. 

Up date, 10:05 p.m. PT: Additional statement from Valve which Steam.tv went live by accident.

Up date, Aug. 20 at 2:17 p.m. PT: Additional that Steam.tv is live .

Up date, Aug. 21 at 11:30 p.m. PT: Additional that Valve plans to extend aid for many games following the International.


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