Valve Sets Its Sights Beyond Games With Steam
August 9, 2012 11:01 AM
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Official launch of Software titles on September 5
Valve is a major video game company and has very impressive titles to its name, including Half Life. Valve also has a popular digital distribution platform called Steam that has been used to distribute digital versions of retail video games.
Valve has now announced that the first set of non-gaming software titles are heading to Steam. Software titles would be things other than video games. According to Valve, the software titles that will be landing on Steam will range from creativity to productivity.
"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."
The new software will be able to use some interesting features Steamworks offers such as easy installation, automatic updates, and the ability to save work to a Steam Cloud space so that files are available wherever you go. Steam will add more software titles as time goes by. The company also says developers can submit software titles via Steam Greenlight.
The official launch of software titles on Steam will be September 5.
Valve President Gabe Newell recently focused his wrath on Windows 8. Newell noted last month that Windows 8 would be a
"catastrophe" for the PC space
. He also predicted that some PC makers might leave the PC industry. Microsoft certainly made some of its biggest partners very uncomfortable when it entered the hardware business with the Surface tablets.
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RE: Lost focus
8/9/2012 6:38:43 PM
Because steam is making Gabe newell so much money i hear the servers are hosted in a big warehouse on a hill with a big dollar sign on it.
We don't even have HL2 episode 3 yet, let alone half life 3. Just goes to show folks, none of these companies give one rats ass about you. They only care about your money. Even Valve.
How about Valve develops something so i can get my games off steam huh? Meaning they'll run without being connected to steam while retaining 100% functionality. I'm getting pretty concirned about having all my eggs in one basket, i'd like to be able to take them out.
That'll never happen though since then, valve won't be able to lock you in like Apple or Microsoft.
They'll make half life 3 when public opinion of them has become low enough that it nessecitates it, AKA when steam sales are starting to suffer (they've probably stopped growing as fast that's why we're getting counterstrike global offensive). And they'll make it semi-free too, or pull some sort of TF2, since that's the most profitable both money and PR wise.
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