Monday, January 05, 2015

Deadbreed - Beta Key Giveaway

deadbreed alpha

If you're a fan of MOBA games you can enter in to get a Steam Beta key for Deadbreed, please keep in mind that the game is in Early Access & still in development.

These codes have trade and time restrictions applied by Valve.

Game Steam page:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/277950

Forum:
http://steamcommunity.com/app/277950/discussions/

Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Deadbreed/155525407919135

This offer is being issued to you for promotional purposes only and does not constitute a credit, charge, debit or gift card. The code is valid from January 5th to January 16th 2015 and provides access to a game in development (beta work in progress) and by redeeming the code you agree to accept flaws and possible interruptions of your game experience.

Good only for registered Steam users and only valid where the game is available. Code may not be substituted, exchanged, sold or redeemed for cash or other goods or services. Void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

How to stream on Steam Broadcasting

how to steam on stream

Getting access to Steam Broadcasting:

1. Open Steam client
2. Got to File -> Settings -> Account
3. Find "beta participations" and select "Steam beta" in drop down menu
4. Steam will ask to restart. do so (if not - do manually).
5. After the update, go to File -> Settings -> Broadcasting
6. Set up preferences as you like

Setting up quality/prefrences/privacy:

By default, broadcast mode set to "Friend request" ie. you start streaming if some of your friends request it and you accept request. As far as I know, picking up option "Anyone can watch my stream" and visiting your own page in browser will activate public streaming for all.

In order to see if you qualify for particular quality/bitrate settings you need to know your channel/line specs. If you have no idea what it is, best simple way to do is:

1. Visit SpeedTest.net
2. Select the nearest big city (capital preferable)
3. Select any provider or particular that rings the bell and start test
4. See what is your upload rate it

In order to stream at best quality @ 3500 Kbps (Kb/s) via Steam you need upload rate close to 4Mbps (Mb/s) ideally. Again, this is not a simple question, but let's just assume that 1080 at max quality available is 3500 Kb/s. if your upload rate is 1700Kb/s (~1.7Mb/s) then it would make sense to lower the resolution and bitrate (altho, not necessary for resolution), otherwise it won't work or will be dropping stream every few seconds.

How to watch:

1. Browser -
Any web-kit based browser from last few month will work
IE9 works too if I recall correctly

2. Steam -
steam://broadcast/watch/ in command prompt (winkey+r)

or just visit

http://steamcommunity.com/?subsection=broadcasts


or

profile of a friend who is streaming to select stream

(YOU NEED TO BE LOGGED INTO STEAM TO USE BROADCAST FEATURE)