CONTENT DISTRIBUTION SERVICE Steam will start offering applications alongside its established library of games from September.
Valve, which runs the Steam service, has announced that it will be branching out from games and offer applications over Steam. The firm said that the applications on offer will range from creative tools to productivity applications on 5 September.
Valve said some of the applications available on launch day will use its Steamworks software that allows automatic updating and the ability to save work on the Steam cloud. The firm said it will be adding titles in the future and asked developers to submit titles through its Steam Greenlight system.
Valve's Mark Richardson said, "The 40 million gamers frequenting Steam are interested in more than playing games. 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."
Steam has been a big hit with PC gamers, with Valve signing up a number of big name publishers to use the service to flog game titles. Valve's move to offering applications is not all that surprising, after all the infrastructure is there, but one has to wonder why it waited until now, as big name competitors such as Amazon and Microsoft already have similar services.
Valve did not reveal what applications will appear on Steam on launch day. µ