Valve has revealed that a new deal has been struck between the creator of the popular digital download service Steam and content streaming service Twitch, enabling Steam users to link their accounts to Twitch for ease of access.
Currently the only game utilising this new feature is Valve's free-to-play MOBA title DOTA 2, which can allow you to stream both yourself and other videos inside the client, without the hassle of opening up a separate browser for your pleasure.
This week, thanks to our friends over at Twitch, you can now link your Steam account to their service. This link makes you eligible for tournament item drops while watching Twitch streams as long you own the ticket for that tournament. We realize that people have different reasons why they prefer to watch in game or via streams and wanted to bridge the gap of features they were missing out on by choosing the service that works for them the most.
Hopefully we'll be able to see more integration in the future with more games taking up the Twitch integration, similar to the recently released Company of Heroes 2.
DOTA 2 is still expected to launch sometime before August 7 and the beginning of its largest annual event, The International.