Valve has decided to increase the security for its Steam Family Sharing system even before the system is actually released. Although the new method is a bit more painful to set up, it gives video game lenders more control. It’s still better than any other digital service, considering nobody else offers a similar digital-sharing plan yet.
Valve hasn’t even released its Steam Family Sharing system to the community-at-large yet, but it’s already changing, according to a forum post Friday announcing an authorization limit of ten specific users on ten specific machines. Steam Family Sharing, currently in beta, is one of the most-anticipated changes to Valve’s digital games marketplace and a cornerstone of Valve’s upcoming SteamOS operating system. It allows users to share their digital library between multiple accounts—ostensibly so a household could buy the game once and then share it instead of buying a copy for each separate account.