Best known for popular entertainment franchises such as Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Team Fortress, Portal, Left 4 Dead and the very popular gaming platform Steam, Valve confirmed that Steam would be going mainstream in September with an array of new apps, ranging from productivity to creativity.
Speaking about this new development, Mark Richardson, Valve's rep said, "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."
Also speaking about Valve's decision, Chris Pereira of 1 Up's said, "Steam's mod distribution arm has already made modding a game like Skyrim a significantly easier proposition. Now imagine it being used for plugins and user-created modifications for software purchased through Steam," explaining further he said, "Like game mods, it's something possible without the use of Steam Workshop, but having an extremely easy-to-use, centralized hub for downloading and installing these things could expand their usage. If Steam on its own can be used for all your gaming and software needs and lets you reinstall all of that on a new computer, it makes it all the more attractive to those deciding where to buy a game from. For software developers, [yes] you surrender a cut to Valve but maybe you lure in new customers who would have otherwise been averse to purchasing your software through your website."
Steam is a service that is used by 40 million people to download computer games and is planning to expand its offerings to include utilities and other non-game applications starting on September 5.
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