"Steam Family Sharing" Game Lending System Launches

Steam’s Family Library Sharing is now released for all Steam users, allowing them to share their games libraries with up to 5 friends or family members across 10 different computers.

Family Sharing was first announced in September 2013 and it has been available for some users in in closed beta till now. The system allows family members and their guests to play one another's games while earning their own Steam achievements and saving their own game progress to the Steam Cloud.

A shared library can only be played by one player at a time and it cannot be used to circumvent region-locks. For more info, you can check the FAQ on Steam.

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If I share let's say.. half

If I share let's say.. half life 2 to a family member or friend so they can play this specific game on their account, will I be able to play other games at the same time on my own account or is my steam account "borrowed" during the time my friend is playing my game?

Theoretically yes. The idea

Theoretically yes. The idea is basically they get their own 'copy' to play while you do your thing, simply I think the only thing you can't do is lend them a copy of a game and then play with them online. For instance (in reference to your question) you can lend out Borderlands 2, a friend can play it while you play Skyrim, you might even both be able to play Borderlands 2 at the same time, however you will (in theory) NOT be able to play Borderlands 2 together. Just a theory though, haven't tried this feature out personally.

well unless you are a loser

well unless you are a loser and spend all day playing games and dont have a job or a girl friend the system works!!! i sent all 156 games to my uncle and he sent me about 86 i dont have so no my collection is about 240 ish this is awesome i play is account when he is not on it and he does the same with mine .

'A shared library can only be

'A shared library can only be played by one player at a time ' You can't lend individual games and you can't both be playing games on the same library at the same time. If you friend is playing one of your games and you then try to play ANY game in your library, your friend gets five minutes to either buy the game or quit.

The only interest of this

The only interest of this feature will finally to be able to play your friend/family's games while they're not online. Which can be good for games that are short to finish or games you wanna try before buy when theres no demo of it. Also, there's no problem if you play someone else games while s/he plays one of yours at the same time. Steam won't kick the other user out as long as you're not playing one of your own games. Also, i haven't tried puting myself in off-line mode and see what happens when playing a game from my own library. I suppose this wouldn't kick the other user out.

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