According to a few lines of code that have been found within the files of a new Steam beta update, it appears that Valve may actually be in the process of implementing some sort of game sharing system within the Steam client.
Below, you can view the code listing that has been provided through a post on the popular video game forum, NeoGAF:
- “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.”
This code was found within the “steamui_english” file in the Steam/Public directory for the Steam client. At the moment, there is no official word from Valve on the existence of this code, or about the possible implementation may imply.
As soon as we have further word on this development, we will be sure to update you.