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Steam code indicates that Valve may be creating a Stadium-like cloud game service

Valve may be working on a new cloud gaming service for Steam, possibly revealed by code buried on the company's own website.

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Steam Database, which actively tracks changes in Steam and in the games of Valve, noticed new code on the Valve website for partners asking them to agree to the "Steam Cloud Gaming Addendum". If you want to see this for yourself, you can see the code On GitHub from Steam Database or on Valve & # 39; s website (just search in "Steam Cloud Gaming Addendum").

With just a name, it is hard to know exactly what the service could be – but we think we can make a well-considered guess. It seems quite possible that a service that is literally called "Cloud Gaming" in Valve & # 39; s proprietary code may indicate an upcoming cloud gaming service similar to Google & # 39; s Stages or Microsoft & # 39; s xCloud, and that is the kind for which Valve may have to sign a number of new distribution agreements with developers.

A new cloud game service from Steam would make sense because it could complete the current options for streaming games. You can already stream games with Steam Remote Play, Steam Linkand Steam Link Anywhere, but they all require that your own gaming PC act as a server, plus one whole robust internet connection if you want to play outside of your own home – maybe with a new service you can stream your games wherever you want without the active PC connection.

There is always a chance that Steam Cloud Gaming could be a rebrand of what Steam is already offering, but it seems unlikely that a rebrand of services already released requires partners to sign new agreements with Valve.

Valve did not respond to a request for comment, but we will update when we hear this.