Steam adds frictionless playtesting featureThe new tool will make playtests accessible directly from a title’s store pageMarie DealessandriAcademy WriterMonday 9th November 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareSteam launched a new feature that lets developers set playtests for their games without having to send keys to players. Simply called Steam Playtest, the tool will make playtests accessible directly from a title’s store page, with developers setting it up via Steamworks.Developers can set the number of players allowed to join the test, and when it starts and finishes. From the player’s perspective, requesting access to a playtest will let them join a queue, with studios being able to give access later down the line should they wish to. Developers can also manually invite specific players.Deleting the playtest for a game will automatically remove it from players’ libraries. Related JobsSenior QA Engineer Gaming Studio Baltic Region UK & Europe Big PlanetLead Game Programmer – Quebec Province Quebec Big PlanetSenior Build Engineer – AAA Studio – Yorkshire UK & Europe Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games “Behind the scenes, the actual download-and-play experience is happening on a secondary, supplemental appID, similar to how we handle Demos on Steam — so a player’s ownership and playtime in the Playtest is separate from the real game,” Valve explained in a blog post. “This means Steam Playtest won’t cancel out or compete with Wishlists on your real game, and Steam Playtest owners cannot write user reviews.”Steam Playtest is currently in beta, with developers invited to send feedback as they use the feature. Valve pointed out that the new tool does not replace Steam Early Access, and does not support monetisation.You can find more information about the feature on Steamworks. Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesDeveloper wins against Grand Theft Auto DMCA takedownTake-Two loses claim to reversed-engineered source made by fansBy Danielle Partis 3 hours agoFirst-party Ubisoft titles will now be branded as ”Ubisoft Originals”Change was made alongside the announcement of new Tom Clancy titleBy Danielle Partis YesterdayLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.