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Steam Expanding Beyond Games

August 8, 2012 / 1:51 PM

By: Zack O'Neill

Valve has just announced that starting on September 5th, Steam will become host to an array of software titles and move on from simply hosting games. It is currently unknown what kind of programs they will be, if they’ll be freeware, or if they are even on a separate section of steam from the games.

To quote the Press Release:

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.

This will work in conjunction with the previously announced “Steam Greenlight”, which allows Steam users to vote on what they want to see released on the service. So if you have a program that you want released through Steam, after September 5th, you can submit it to Steam Greenlight and see if people want your product.

This isn’t the first time Valve has moved beyond games with Steam, the service used to let users read Penny Arcade comic strips directly from the service, and recently, Indie Game: The Movie was released through the platform.

So then is this something everybody would enjoy? Would you want to get your programs through Steam, rather than just set up a shortcut in your library? Leave a comment below and let us know.

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Zack started working at VGTribune at 15 years old and has been gaming since the the age of 2. He is currently in college studying film and technology with plans to continue in the game industry. He’s also really good at Counter Strike.

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