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Steam to Add Game Lending Option? Check and Mate

by Joey Davidson | June 19, 2013June 19, 2013 7:30 am PDT

Steam Library

Game over, man. Game over!

A few curios lines of code have been spotted in the most recent beta build of Steam. These lines indicate that users might soon be able to lend games out to their friends.

Sleuthed up by NeoGAF’s “Grief.exe,” and subsequently fired up around blogs all over these here internettings, was the following find:

  • “SteamUI_JoinDialog_SharedLicense_Title” “Shared game library”
  • “SteamUI_JoinDialog_SharedLicenseLocked_OwnerText” “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.”
  • “SteamUI_JoinDialog_SharedLicenseLocked_BorrowerText” “This shared game is currently unavailable. Please try again later or buy this game for your own library.”

There you have it. The code dictates scenarios for both the lender and the borrower. You’ll know when your friend is playing a game from your shared library, and your friend will know when it’s time to give up their seat on the Player One throne.

Console gamers often point towards Steam’s inability to share games as one of the chief reasons they avoid the platform. With this new feature, it looks like Valve might be able to silence that criticism for good.

Steam’s lending policy might be similar to the Xbox One’s if this thing comes to fruition. The remaining question marks include how often you can loan out a game, how many players can you loan it to and for how long. Stay tuned, we’ll be all over this rumor.

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Joey Davidson

Joey Davidson leads the gaming department here on TechnoBuffalo. He's been covering games online for more than 10 years, and he's a lover of all...