Developers on Steam typically have to generate and seed their beta testers with a bunch of game codes, which can be frustrating to not only manage, but also hand out, requiring communication through multiple platforms like Discord and email. Now Valve has included what it calls ‘Steam Playtest’ which aims to make prelaunch game testing easier for everyone.
In the coming days, Steam users may notice a new ‘Request Access’ button on store pages, which lets you ask for beta access to a game.
Valve says in a news update that Playtest will let developers better control how many players get access, when to add more players, when to open testing, and when to end.
Once players click the button, they go into a queue that developers can…
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