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China is now the world's biggest video games market, valued at more than $25 billion in 2016, according to a report from IHS Markit.

The very first thing that you may notice is that the chat interface is now detached from the main interface. The improvements to Steam voice chat will make it easier for users to organize games with their friends since they will be able to see whether or not they are already in a voice channel, and may request them to join theirs with the click of a button. You can now add favourite friends, groups, and chats to the top of the chat window for easy access. This feature can be used by developers to implement custom details to be shown off by those playing their games. "Persistent groups" and channels are supported, and Valve also promised improved security via "a new WebRTC-based backend".

You can post invites to group chat to individual friends but also in group chats or by using text links and sending them using email or other means of communication outside of the Steam client. This keeps your IP address private, which masks your physical location and also prevents network attacks.

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Valve's feeling the pressure from Discord (and other chat services) and an overhaul of the chat interface and functionality was long overdue.

Steam Chat is now available to test out during its public beta.

The new Steam Chat was released today and is available now via the Steam Beta option you which you can find in Settings and then Account. You'll also know if they're grouped up, and where (approximately) they are in the game, so you don't drop directly into a hail of bullets (like usual).

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