Steam.tv, Steam’s new live streaming service rivaling Twitch, was accidentally made live last night during Dota 2’s The International event during a test stream.
Reports began emerging over the weekend that Valve has registered the domain name, but it was just made live for the sake of the test, a test that was intended to be made public. In a statement to The Verge, Steam wrote, “we are working on updating Steam Broadcasting for the Main Event of The Internation, Dota 2’s annual tournament,” adding, “what people saw was a test feed that was inadvertently made public.”
The folks over at CNET were among the people to be able to access the service. According to their report, their interface is more advanced than their current Steam Broadcasting service, embedded within the Steam client. The service included a Steam Chat friends list and group chats, and even built-in voice chat.
It will be interesting to see what the full-service offers, and specifically how it might rival Twitch when it is officially launched.