Friday, January 27th 2012

Valve Announces Mobile Steam App, Closed Beta Now Available to iOS and Android

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 beta release of the Steam application for iOS and Android devices.

With the Steam app, gamers around the world may chat with Steam friends, browse community groups and user profiles, view screenshots and user-generated content for their favorite games, read the latest gaming news, stay up to date on unbeatable Steam sales, and more.

"The Steam app comes from many direct requests from our customers," said Gabe Newell, co-founder and president of Valve. "Seeing which of your friends are online and playing a game, sending quick messages, looking at screenshots for an upcoming game, or catching a sale - these are all features customers have requested. Mobile is changing way people interact, play games and consume media, and the Steam app is part of our commitment to meet customer demands and expand the service functionality of Steam to make it richer and more accessible for everyone."

Those who wish to join the beta just need to download the Steam app (free of charge) and log in to their Steam account via the mobile app to express interest in the beta. Gamers will be added to the Closed Beta as the service ramps up.

Steam is a leading platform for the delivery and management of PC and Mac games with over 40 million accounts around the world and over 1,800 titles offered.
For more information, please visit http://store.steampowered.com/mobile
Add your own comment

35 Comments on Valve Announces Mobile Steam App, Closed Beta Now Available to iOS and Android

#2
DannibusX
How many times have I been sitting at work and remembered that there was a game on sale that I was considering buying, but couldn't do so because all gaming related internet activity is blocked by my office.

By the time I got home, said game would either no longer be on sale, or I would have totally forgotten about it.

Well thank you Gabe, for all you do, bless your heart. My bank account is now terrified.
Posted on Reply
#3
Delta6326
Dang now I need to get a smartphone still using a brick :)
Posted on Reply
#4
Live OR Die
i've been waiting for some think like this so i can chat to my friends which i dont have numbers for :laugh:
Posted on Reply
#5
MikeMurphy
This is the first step. The next step is introducing some free gaming content. Then, offer some priced content.

Should be interesting.
Posted on Reply
#6
NC37
by: MikeMurphy
This is the first step. The next step is introducing some free gaming content. Then, offer some priced content.

Should be interesting.
Ummm...Steam has had F2P games for awhile now... ;)
Posted on Reply
#7
Ikaruga
by: Delta6326
Dang now I need to get a smartphone still using a brick :)
I also have a 11 years old brick :toast:
Posted on Reply
#8
MoonPig
Finally.

Now support Linux, then finish HL3.

Thank you.
Posted on Reply
#9
1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
by: Ikaruga
I also have a 11 years old brick :toast:
Psh, I don't even have a cell, too expensive. But this makes it tempting to get one.
Posted on Reply
#10
Grings
Awesome stuff, steam is the only chat system i use nowadays, looks like i need to wait for them to send out more invites though...
Posted on Reply
#11
tigger
I'm the only one
Sweet i am just grabbing this for my htc sensation now.

Edit downloaded the app, when you try to sign in on the mobile app, you get the message-

Thank you for your interest, we have made a note of your account, we will be sending out more invites shortly.
Posted on Reply
#12
jsfitz54
Is this a "grab" to try new social networking medium?

Facebook competition?
Posted on Reply
#13
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
Yea mine wont login either hope I get a invite soon!
Posted on Reply
#14
INSTG8R
by: brandonwh64
Yea mine wont login either hope I get a invite soon!
Ditto
Posted on Reply
#15
white phantom
yup thanks for interest here aswell tis bit a bit bum
Posted on Reply
#16
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: MoonPig
Finally.

Now support Linux, then finish HL3.

Thank you.
That's like saying

"Now solve world poverty, then colonize other planets and satellites.

Thank you."
Posted on Reply
#17
NdMk2o1o
Why am I the only one whofails to see the point or big deal about this app that lets you browse screen shots and basically the Steam site? practically all smartphones have a brwser that is fully capable of browsing the Steam site, this offers nothing more that I can see. It's a big fat MEH from me :rolleyes:

Posted on Reply
#18
Isenstaedt
by: brandonwh64
Yea mine wont login either hope I get a invite soon!
Same here!
Posted on Reply
#19
MoonPig
by: btarunr
That's like saying

"Now solve world poverty, then colonize other planets and satellites.

Thank you."
And? Is my ask too much? It's their job... isn't it?
Posted on Reply
#20
claylomax
by: Ikaruga
I also have a 11 years old brick :toast:
I just got one today! just to talk and text, no 3G, no WIFI, no BS.
Posted on Reply
#21
Ikaruga
by: 1Kurgan1
Psh, I don't even have a cell, too expensive. But this makes it tempting to get one.
by: claylomax
I just got one today! just to talk and text, no 3G, no WIFI, no BS.
I only turn it on if there is absolutelly no other way to talk to somebody:)
Posted on Reply
#22
Ikaruga
by: NdMk2o1o
Why am I the only one whofails to see the point or big deal about this app that lets you browse screen shots and basically the Steam site? practically all smartphones have a brwser that is fully capable of browsing the Steam site, this offers nothing more that I can see. It's a big fat MEH from me :rolleyes:
The mobile market is already huge and still growing... it's a nobrainer to get grounds there as soon as possible.
Posted on Reply
#23
Delta6326
by: NdMk2o1o
Why am I the only one whofails to see the point or big deal about this app that lets you browse screen shots and basically the Steam site? practically all smartphones have a brwser that is fully capable of browsing the Steam site, this offers nothing more that I can see. It's a big fat MEH from me :rolleyes:
Some smartphones don't display web pages correctly, and these are better optimized so they can work better, just like the Newegg app I used on my sisters phone.
Posted on Reply
#24
MikeMurphy
by: NC37
Ummm...Steam has had F2P games for awhile now... ;)
Thanks, but we're talking about the mobile steam app.
Posted on Reply
#25
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
this is very handy. often times i am away from my computer when i am at home but would like to monitor steam to see if players are trying to chat with me. this app gives me a way manage that without having to run around the house like a moron!

edit: i signed up for the beta by installing the steam app on my ipad2. hopefully i get an invite.
Posted on Reply
Add your own comment