Since past few months, we saw increasing focus towards the game streaming services such as Twitch and it appears that Valve, famous company in the industry and developer behind Half-Life 2 is working for its own streaming service which is being called as Steam.tv.
The service aims to broadcast live coverage of international tournaments of e-sports such as Dota 2 tournament which accidentally went live on Friday and later on, the company’s spokesperson had to issue a formal statement to address the confusion created after that day. As reported by The Verge, the representative said that a test feed was being carried out, which went live by mistake.
“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.”
The Dota 2 tournament takes place once a year and is about to kick off from tomorrow, August 20th and it is indeed one of biggest tournament in e-sports with the winner prize set over millions of US dollar.
As per the reports, the streaming service will be limited to Dota 2 coverage for the time being and players will have to sign-in with their Steam account where they can join group chats. The streaming industry has witnessed a significant growth in recent past months Twitch is known as the industry leader by having millions of viewers and hundreds of streamers have joined the brand, thus making it the most stable service of today.
Other than Twitch, we have Mixer and YouTube Gaming and we will get to know the plans of Valve of making Steam.tv a formal competitor of Twitch in the coming months. Stay tuned for more updates!