September 28th, 2018

Livesteaming: Link your Twitch account with your Steam account

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In a slightly unexpected move, Valve and Twitch TV have combined forces to let you link your accounts together.

The reasoning behind this is simple: it’s called Dota 2. With tournament matches letting spectators win prizes for watching through the game client, but Twitch being the preferred method of spectating for a number of players, this meant that prizes were unavailable for a subset of players. No longer, though! Link your accounts, and you can watch matches on Twitch while remaining eligible for free goodies.

Not necessarily the most exciting news, but the potential is a bit more interesting. I’m curious to see whether Dota 2 gets proper Twitch integration in the form of in-client livestreaming, whether other current (and future) Valve titles like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive get similar integration, whether we’ll see some sort of Twitch app hit the Steam store…

To link your accounts, you just need to hop on over to the Connections page on Twitch and follow the instructions there. Simple.

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  • Tim McDonald

    Tim has been playing PC games for longer than he’s willing to admit. He’s written for a number of publications, but has been with PC Invasion – in all its various incarnations – for over a decade. When not writing about games, Tim can occasionally be found speedrunning terrible ones, making people angry in Dota 2, or playing something obscure and random. He’s also weirdly proud of his status as (probably) the Isle of Man’s only professional games journalist.

    • Kiroptus

      Ohh I may not look like big news but I would believe it is, Twitch TV has grown a lot after the Dota-alike games became so sucessful, it became a hub for players to gather about a specific game and has helped tighting up the community of many games but mostly Dota 2 and LoL, and now Valve steps in creater a partnership with Twitch, its create news for Dota 2, more prizes to be won and creates a better sense of trust between them.

      Maybe later Valve could create an special Steam overlay for Twitch videos. Good move from Valve.