Valve could be working on something called ‘Steam Cloud Gaming,’ according to an apparent update to some partner site code. While it’s unclear what this might be, the name suggests the company could have some kind of cloud-based videogame streaming service in the pipeline.
According to Steam Database/Steam Tracking information posted on GitHub, the Steam Games partner portal page has a new line of code that reads, “function SignLatestCloudGamingAddendum( returnURL ).” It appears that this line ensures that partners – developers and publishers, for example – have agreed to a ‘Steam Cloud Gaming Addendum,’ and the code then seemingly submits this information to the Steam API.
The news arrives via Steam Database, a Twitter channel which isn’t affiliated with Valve but often posts news about Steam updates.
This is far from a confirmation that Valve has got something called ‘Steam Cloud Gaming’ in the works, given that it’s a single reference in the reported code update, but it is intriguing. The name suggests it could be a streaming service to compete with Google Stadia, PlayStation Now, and Xbox Cloud Streaming, though that is as yet unconfirmed.
PCGamesN has reached out to Valve for comment, and we will update this story with any new information.