Valve sent out word today that their digital distribution platform will expand beyond video games. The popular download service will soon begin to offer users productivity and creativity software from a wide range of companies. Developers are implored to submit their software to the Steam Greenlight center for a comfortable September 5th launch.
According to the brief and very succinct press release shuffled out by Valve, Mark Richardson commented saying...
"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."
The software will range from “productivity” to “creativity”. The exact details on this software is as vague as the last sentence. What we do know is that Steam users will vote on what gets past the gate and what doesn't using the Steam Greenlight feature. I imagine virus protection software and Source Filmmaker addons are probably going to be a standard in the line-up of software coming through the gate.
One of the things Valve has made known is that Cloud saves and storage, as well as Steamworks integration will be vital components that will work hand-in-hand with the new software line-up. It's boggling my mind trying to guess what sort of programs will race out of gate first.
I'm sure the software will be a pretty big success given how big Steam really is and catering to more than 4 million active users at any single time means that no matter what kind of software it is, it's bound to make the creators a pretty penny or two in the long haul.
You can learn more about the new software titles and Steam by paying a visit to the Official Website.