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Non-Gaming Apps Coming Soon to Steam

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Posted on August 8, 2012 AT 02:04pm

Have you ever wanted an achievement for a great Photoshopping job, or for keeping your inbox clean of unread messages? Soon all that and more will be coming to Valve’s Steam service!

Okay—maybe there won’t actually be achievements for menial things like that. However, non-gaming apps are indeed coming to Steam. In an announcement released today, Valve reveled that they will be expanding Steam into the digitally distributed software business, where PC and Mac owners will be able to buy a wide array of app from the service soon.

“The Software titles coming to Steam range from creativity to productivity,” stated Valve in their press release. “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.”

“The 40 million gamers frequenting Steam are interested in more than playing games,” said Valve’s Mark Richardson. “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 first selection of software coming to Steam will hit on September 5th.

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk him on Twitter: @pikoeri. Meet the rest of the crew.

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