Steam to Start Selling Non-Gaming Software in September
By Joseph Christ on August 8th, 2012 (8 comments)
No particular software titles or companies have been mentioned but the press release states that they will "range from creativity to productivity" and will be making use of various Steamworks features.
"The 40 million gamers frequenting Steam are interested in more than playing games," said Mark Richardson at Valve via the release. "They have told us they would like to have more of their software on Steam, so this expansion is in response to those customer requests."
This comes just after Gabe Newell recently spoke in an interview about working with Adobe and their Photoshop Suite of products. "That causes us to have conversations with Adobe, and we say the next version of Photoshop should look like a free-to-play game, and they say, 'We have absolutely no idea what you are talking about, but it sounds really bad,'" Newell said. Which leads me to believe that Adobe is probably one of the entities we can expect to see on Steam in the future.
Steam already offers some services to the public other than games but this marks the occasion where it is presenting itself not as a gaming oriented distribution center but as a software one. And certainly this gives it a further boost over growing distribution nemesis Origin.
Here is the Press Release in full.
Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Counter-Strike, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Portal, and Team Fortress) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced the first set of Software titles are heading to Steam, marking a major expansion to the platform most commonly known as a leading destination for PC and Mac games.
The Software titles coming to Steam range from creativity to productivity. Many of the launch titles will take advantage of popular Steamworks features, such as easy installation, automatic updating, and the ability to save your work to your personal Steam Cloud space so your files may travel with you.
More Software titles will be added in an ongoing fashion following the September 5th launch, and developers will be welcome to submit Software titles via Steam Greenlight.
"The 40 million gamers frequenting Steam are interested in more than playing games," said Mark Richardson at Valve. "They have told us they would like to have more of their software on Steam, so this expansion is in response to those customer requests."
Joseph Christ is the Reviews Editor and a Podcast Personality at 4Player. Specializing in reviews, editorials, drinking, and saying inappropriate things about gaming franchises that are beloved by millions, his satirical and sometimes edgy style offsets a more serious and penetrating substance lurking below the surface. He is also the host of the Cocktail Time Podcast. You'll follow his Twitter if you know what's good for you.
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