Posted on August 8, 2012 AT 10:48am
According to Valve, on September 5th, Steam will begin to offer “software” on their Steam platform. Below is the direct quote from Valve’s PR:
STEAM EXPANDS BEYOND GAMES
Launch Set of “Software” Titles Coming Sept 5
Aug 8, 2012 — 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.”
For more information, please visit www.steampowered.com.
In the past, Gabe Newell has mentioned that he was in talks with Adobe about a free to use version of Photoshop, but nothing is concrete yet aside from Valve’s PR announcement above. Could this mean achievements in Adobe Indesign? Rewards for people using tutorials to help create? The mention of creativity and productivity software is certainly exciting, and to have your Steam account tied to these software programs and suites is definitely appealing and will drive users to create now more than ever before.
The Steam Android app already shows categories like Accounting, Animation & Modeling, Education, Photo Editing, and more. There’s certainly a lot to be excited about with this announcement.
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