Valve has created its own Twitch competitor, and it’s launching it today just in time for The International tournament. Steam.tv is Valve’s new streaming site, and it’s currently dedicated to the company’sDota 2game. Valve’s launch of Steam TV comes just as The International, an annualDota 2e-sports tournament, is about to begin on August 20th. The International is the biggest e-sports tournament in the world, thanks to its massive prize fund of over $24 million. It makes it an ideal time for Valve to launch its own streaming service.
Steam TV is rather basic right now though. It’s limited toDota 2, and signing in with a Steam account only gives you access to a friends list and group chats.CNETnotes that you can watch a stream together with friends and chat, but you can’t currently sign-in and start streaming your own Steam games for others to watch.
It’s not clear if Valve has ambitions beyond just streamingDota 2games, but there’s already plenty of competition to Twitch right now. Microsoft has its own Mixer streaming service, and Google has YouTube gaming. Both services are big rivals to Twitch, and they allow gamers to stream their gaming, and watch others broadcast titles. We’ve reached out to Valve for more information on Steam TV, and we’ll update you accordingly.