Steam Expands To Include Non-Gaming Software

Valve announced today that Steam will expand its offerings to include non-gaming software

The first patch of non-gaming software will be available for purchase through Steam on September 5th, 2012. Valve didn’t reveal any specific software titles, but it announced that its offerings will “range from creativity to productivity” and that they “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 able 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."

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"Valve didn’t reveal any specific software titles..." I can reveal ! I can reveal the specifics softwares for LINUX !

LibreOffice, Thunderbird, Firefox, Mplayer, Qtorrent, Totem, Qterminal, Xterm, and more

Sure the people below may not

Sure the people below may not agree with steam releasing apps but the thing is, they're doing so because the community asked them to. They showed valve that there is a potential market for such things on steam and so, it will happen and prosper.

Steam works for games, in the

Steam works for games, in the sense that it works better than the alternatives, it was one of the first of its kind, and the convenience makes it easy to put up with its flaws - but every piece of non-gaming software I own is already tied to a digital account somewhere and available instantly for digital download. Steam for Apps doesn't solve any market problems, so it's going to be hard to convince existing customers to switch to it. And if it's going to be a solution hacked-on to the current framework, it's an overhead I wouldn't want to put up with if I was video/photo/audio/3D editing. Maybe there's a market out there for this with other kinds of applications, but it's difficult to see widespread adoption in the education/corporate markets that application vendors find so valuable.


While I like the idea of a steam-based "app" world, similar to what apple and android have done, I don't really care to intermingle steam (which I love) with other software because the application for gaming that runs in the background could become significantly more bloated.

Personally I'd like to see the pros and cons vs having a Valve-made alternative to Steam specifically for applications, because really, do I need VOIP software built into my Office Downloader application? Do I ever even need the application running in the background at all? The answer to these things is a fairly obvious "No!".

Itunes I can close at will, and the android market doesn't run as a service that sucks up memory (at least not on the computer). So while I do love steam, and I love the installation and application management methods, I'd really like to see a seperate application all together so I can close and open it at will. As of now, this could damage the image of Steam, and Steam has taken a long time to reach a place where' it's not just crappy software, but instead, recognized as a pretty nice game management software.

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