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Steam launches expanded software section

Steam launches expanded software section

The initial software line up includes GameMaker Studio, Artrage and 3DMark.

Steam is branching out beyond games to launch an expanded software section, introducing several creative tools to the digital distribution platform.

Steam’s software section launch titles include 3DMark 11, ArtRage, 3D-Coat, Camera Bag 2 and the GameMaker Studio suite. Several of these packages will take advantage of the Steamworks feature set, including cloud storage space and automatic updates.

Specifically, GameMaker Studio will allow for Steam Workshop integration, enabling games made with the package to be shared through the platform and 3D-Coat will even allow models to be auto-compiled directly to the Team Fortress 2 Workshop.

For the first week of the software section's launch, all new software titles are being offered with a 10% discount attached. Valve plans to add more packages to the section in the near future.

Steam has demonstrated precedent for selling and distributing digital items that are not games in the past and the new software joins Source Film Maker, which was released in July. As well as distributing modding tools for years, Steam also sold game-making documentary Indie Game: The Movie through its platform earlier this year.

Valve is continuing to develop Steam and is not content to rest on its laurels as the dominant digital distribution service for the PC. Last month it started beta testing its Big Picture mode, which aims to bring Steam to the living room and provide users with a more console-like experience if they chose it.

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Griffter 4th October 2012, 10:42 Quote
clap clap clap clap clap
Draksis 4th October 2012, 10:56 Quote
Wonder if the big steams sales will also include the major discounts/bundle packages for these software programs now as well?

That would be epic!
Shirty 4th October 2012, 11:03 Quote
I there a way to switch off non-gaming software from being displayed? I'm just not interested 99% of the time, and the 1% that I am I'm quite happy to dig a little deeper to find what I'm looking for.

The mix of games and utilities is just messy on the front page.
damien c 4th October 2012, 11:07 Quote
Will have to have a look at this tonight when I finish work.
nmunky 4th October 2012, 13:45 Quote
I think if Steam are really going to start moving into 'proper' software, particularly productivity software such as IDEs then they need to change the terms of their service.

As it stands, Steam can revoke access to an account and all of the software associated with that account, without even giving a reason [see: www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/02/01/thought-do-we-own-our-steam-games/]

As a developer the thought of being suddenly cut off from the primary tools of my job without reason or recourse is horrifying.

It's one thing being locked out from a £24.99 game, it's quite another if its vital software that you have paid hundreds of pounds for.
B1GBUD 4th October 2012, 14:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by nmunky
As it stands, Steam can revoke access to an account and all of the software associated with that account, without even giving a reason [see: www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/02/01/thought-do-we-own-our-steam-games/

FTFY
SlowMotionSuicide 4th October 2012, 14:46 Quote
Browsed them through, wasn't impressed.

Hopefully the software section doesn't get too much in my face in the future.
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