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Steam could allow for game sharing between friends in the future

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Valve may be planning a new feature for digital download service Steam that will allow users to share their game library with friends, according to code spotted in the latest Steam client beta as reported by Kotaku.

Similar to Microsoft's plans for its Xbox One console, the Steam code suggests users will be able to share owned titles but will not allow users to play the shared games at the same time.

"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," reads a line of code for one dialogue prompt. Another reads: "This shared game is currently unavailable. Please try again later or buy this game for your own library."

Valve is yet to officially announce sharing and it is unknown whether all developers will be required to allow Steam titles to be shared. We have contacted Valve for comment and will update when further information is made available.