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How do I watch a friend's game?

From the Friend's List - From the drop down next to a friend's name, select "Watch Game".
From a friend's profile - Below the "Currently In Game" text, select "Watch Game".

Who can watch my games?

The first time a friend requests to watch your game you'll be presented with the broadcast privacy settings. To make a change at any time, access the Steam Client's Settings panel and select the Broadcast tab to view your privacy settings.

Available settings:

  • Broadcast is disabled
  • Friends can request to watch my games (default)
  • Friends can watch my games
  • Anyone can watch my games (public broadcast, can be found in the game hub)

What video is recorded and included in my broadcast?

By default, Steam will only broadcast video recorded from the game you are playing. If you switch to another program or your computer’s desktop and Steam is unable to record video from the game you are playing while it is not active/in focus, viewers will see a placeholder graphic until Steam can again record video from your game.

You can optionally enable recording video of applications outside of your game through the Steam Client settings menu. Please remember that your broadcast viewers will be able to see any open windows when enabled.

What audio is recorded and included in my broadcast?

By default, Steam will only record audio from the game you are currently playing. You can enable recording a microphone or all audio played through your computer’s default output device (any audio you hear out of your PC’s speakers) through the Steam Client’s Settings panel.

What are the account requirements for broadcasting?

Accounts that meet the following requirements are able to broadcast games:

  • Have made a purchase on Steam and are therefore non-limited accounts
  • Are not currently Community Banned

What are the browser requirements for watching?

Steam Broadcasting is currently supported by the following browsers:

  • Steam Client (beta client)
  • Google Chrome (version 39+)
  • Apple Safari (version 8+ on OSX)
  • Internet Explorer (version 11 on Windows 8; not supported on other versions of Windows)
  • Mozilla Firefox (version 42+)

The above do not apply for mobile devices. Currently, Steam broadcasts are supported on Android devices only.

What operating systems can I broadcast from?

Steam Broadcasting is currently supported through the Steam Client on Windows 7, 8, and 10. Linux, OSX, and Windows Vista will be supported in the future.

Where can I change my settings/privacy?

To make a change to your Broadcast settings, access the Steam Client's Settings panel and select the Broadcast tab.

Whose games can I watch?

You can request to watch friends' games, or simply start watching if they have allowed for that. You can also find public broadcasts from the Broadcasts tab on the Community Home page or on any game hub.

Will people watching my game also see my desktop?

By default, Steam will only broadcast video recorded from your current game. You can enable broadcasting of all applications and your desktop through the Steam Client’s Settings panel.

What kind of content is restricted?

As a Steam subscriber, you agree to abide by the Steam Subscriber Agreement, the Steam Online Conduct rules, and the Steam Community Rules and Guidelines. You are responsible for the use of your Account and for all of the communication and activity on Steam that results from use of your Account. Your online conduct and interaction with other subscribers should be guided by common sense and basic etiquette. Some of the things that could get you banned include:

  • Porn
  • Discussions of piracy, cheating, hacking, game exploits
  • Threats of violence or harassment, even as a joke
  • Broadcast of movies or television shows
  • Racism or discrimination

How do I report a broadcast?

From the broadcast window/page, select "Report Broadcast". When a broadcast is reported, Steam may save some or all of the broadcast for review.

How do I start a broadcast?

You don't need to. If your settings allow your game to be watched, then you start broadcasting when someone starts watching. If you select "Anyone can watch my game" as your broadcast privacy setting then your broadcast is visible in that Game Hub.

How do I end a broadcast?

Exiting your game will end your broadcast. Alternatively, at any time you can press "Stop" from the Broadcast panel in the Steam Overlay.

How can I get my broadcast to show up in a Game Hub?

If you select "Anyone can watch my game" as your broadcast privacy setting then your broadcast will be visible in that Game Hub.

How can I see who is watching my game?

You'll receive a toast when a friend either requests to watch or starts watching your game. At any time you can see a list of viewers from the Steam overlay broadcast box, or if you're watching your own broadcast, from the top of the chat.

Can I save my broadcast?

No, broadcasts are currently live only. However, if a video is reported for review, Steam may save some or all of the broadcast for review.

How can I share my broadcast?

You can invite friends to watch your game by selecting "Invite to Watch" from the drop down next to their name in the Friend' List.

Why am I getting the message "Broadcast unavailable?"

During the Beta period broadcast capabilities are limited on a first-come, first-served basis. There may not have been adequate bandwidth available from the nearest Steam server when you connected. It's also the message you'll see if your friend doesn't respond to your request.

How do I change the bit rate, video dimensions, microphone, and desktop settings?

For advanced Broadcast settings, access the Steam Client's Settings panel and select the Broadcast tab.

Have more questions or need help?

Check out the Steam Broadcasting Group Discussions to read more and find out answers to other frequently asked questions.

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