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Steam’s new events system shows you what’s happening in games you own

23 March, 2019, 01:20 | Author: Lloyd Doyle
  • Steam is getting a fresh new look for 2019

In the top section of the new Steam Library page's design, users will see large tiles displaying the games they played recently, including when that last session took place, how long the game was played during that session, and how may hours the player has spent on the game in total.

Valve has already been working with developers on the event system privately, but the upcoming open beta will offer a better - and much more public - chance to see how the system works. Those tags now carry over to the library page, and you can perform an advanced search using several tags to drill down through your games.

Not bad! Assuming this new library page actually loads quickly, it's definitely a visual improvement over the previous one. Clicking on the tab will provides a quick look at streams, title updates, tournaments, or anything else you need to know regarding games in your library, or those you follow.

"We think of this as the way developers will be able to communicate with players through Steam", Valve's Alden Kroll said. This feature essentially works as a communication platform for game developers and their customers.

Steam is getting a fresh new look for 2019

Friend activity is also integrated into the homepage; the redesign now makes it clear which game your friend is (or was) playing, along with their current collection of games.

This will all be bound together by an events home page that will be different for every user based on which games they have in their library. Thankfully, that's finally happening this summer, and before that, we'll see the launch of the Steam Events feature. Valve, the company behind it announced that the de facto PC game storefront for many will be getting a redesign at GDC 2019.

A closed beta is now underway with a handful of select developers, with Kroll saying that Steam Events will be made available to all devs later this year.


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