Wednesday, August 8th 2012

Steam Expands Beyond Games, to Offer Software Soon

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 first set of Software titles are heading to Steam, marking a major expansion to the platform most commonly known as a leading destination for PC and Mac games.

The Software titles coming to Steam range from creativity to productivity. Many of the launch titles will take advantage of popular Steamworks features, such as easy installation, automatic updating, and the ability to save your work to your personal Steam Cloud space so your files may travel with you.

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.

"The 40 million gamers frequenting Steam are interested in more than playing games," said Mark Richardson at Valve. "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."

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60 Comments on Steam Expands Beyond Games, to Offer Software Soon

#1
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
by: TheMailMan78
lulz! :laugh: :roll:
the only way we would see things like Photoshop, Office Suite, etc is if Microsoft, Adobe, etc find significant cost savings in having Steam host and manage all of their software sales.
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#2
Mindweaver
Moderato®™
Maybe they will offer software like "OpenOffice" and things of that nature. I don't see major players letting valve sale there software. But just think.. We might see "Adobe Acrobat 7 Pro" or "Office 2000" on a steam sale for 5 bucks one day!.... lol
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#3
atikkur
by: FordGT90Concept
Most likely Steamworks or whatever the publisher put in there in the first place (like SecuROM or online activation).
yea, one time online activation would be good, steam client only acts as kind of license manager. i dont know how it would be effective, but must be different than games drm they implemented.

still, steam for app.. it's just weird.
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#4
theubersmurf
by: Kreij
No. Business software.
Unless Vavle made huge changes in the way business could receive updates for that kind of software, it would be a no-go for corporate networks.

I don't know what their aspiration are for non-gaming software, or what types of software vendors they will try to bring on-line, but given the popularity of digital distribution it is a valid concern if they became the ONLY place to get certain software.
What I'm saying is that the competition is slim at best. Anyone who wanted any triple A titles would need Steam to play them on PC, More and more games are turning to steamworks for their DRM implementation. Which puts them in a position that allows them to create, say, a crappy EULA that leverages purchases you made against relinquishing your legal remedies, for example.
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#5
pr0n Inspector
No wonder win8 is a catastrophe. Gabe the fatass is afraid.
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#8
Aleksander
They will create a program called valve
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#9
jpierce55
by: Mindweaver
Maybe they will offer software like "OpenOffice" and things of that nature. I don't see major players letting valve sale there software. But just think.. We might see "Adobe Acrobat 7 Pro" or "Office 2000" on a steam sale for 5 bucks one day!.... lol
I could very easily see the high end Adobe softwares become available on Steam.
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#10
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
by: pr0n Inspector
No wonder win8 is a catastrophe. Gabe the fatass is afraid.
Win 8 is MS fighting against Apple. If MS decides to wall off their OS like Apple has done you have no problem with that?

by: blanarahul
great! make people more lazy!
I have no idea what this has to do with anything.

by: Aleksander Dishnica
They will create a program called valve
Stumped on this one too.
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#11
pr0n Inspector
by: Kreij
Win 8 is MS fighting against Apple. If MS decides to wall off their OS like Apple has done you have no problem with that?



I have no idea what this has to do with anything.



Stumped on this one too.
RT and iOS are walled. 8 x86/_64 and OS X are not. Your concerns are misplaced.
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#12
[XC] Oj101
Here's my question. If you get your Steam account banned (the account, not just a VAC ban) do you lose all of your software? Which might be critical for keeping your business going? I'll buy my next copy of Office at a store thank :)
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#13
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
by: pr0n Inspector
RT and iOS are walled. 8 x86/_64 and OS X are not. Your concerns are misplaced.
At the moment this is true.
When you have someone whose huge business is 99% catering to the Windows platform, in this case Gabe (regardles of your thoughts on the physical shape he is in), has concerns about MS closing off their OS, and when other developers show a similar concern, it's worth taking note.

Just my 2 cents.
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#14
zithe
How many of you people bitching about Gabe DON'T own Orange box OR Left For Dead 1/2?
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#15
semantics
by: TheMailMan78
See that's the thing, depending on the software we might have to. There are a few games that have to be activated on Steam to play. Call of Duty is one of them. Then what happens when I lose internet connection and can't connect to Steam to get into Photoshop? No work that day?

It seems far fetched now but its entirely possiable.
It's more then just a few games and more games use it then the previous years.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_games_using_Steam_authentication

My question is who do i deal with if i have problems, valve's customer support is much like google's in that it's quite lacking...

by: Kreij
At the moment this is true.
When you have someone whose huge business is 99% catering to the Windows platform, in this case Gabe (regardles of your thoughts on the physical shape he is in), has concerns about MS closing off their OS, and when other developers show a similar concern, it's worth taking note.

Just my 2 cents.
Yes but what is this based on? I've heard nothing from Microsoft or those who work for Microsoft hinting this. It's all paranoid delusions that come up after Microsoft announces that windows 8 will have a store and they will be in the digital distro business. As if suddenly they said windows 8 not RT will be walled off, when no such thing was said.

You know what is also bad everyone in the world having cancer, be pretty shitty if that happened.
^
That is the kind of statements that are flying around, well ofc X is shitty. So then do we have a valid reason to be afraid of X. No because evidence to cause concern is lacking.
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#16
NC37
by: [XC] Oj101
Here's my question. If you get your Steam account banned (the account, not just a VAC ban) do you lose all of your software? Which might be critical for keeping your business going? I'll buy my next copy of Office at a store thank :)
One, if your employees are stupid enough to do something to cause a ban then they shouldn't be on Steam at work. Two...most office machines do not have specs to run games anyways.

I really don't think Valve is trying to change the entire business environment. To me this is just a way of providing another service people would want. I could see purchasing non gaming software off Steam depending on the need. Frankly I don't own much software on PC that is nongame. Yeah you can say "I want a physical copy," all you want but Best Buy is dying. Big box retail is dying. There are better discounts for online/digital and you have little overhead operating costs aside from running the servers and the network.

Who you want to trust is up to you. Personally there is no 100% trustworthy company IMO. M$, Apple, and probably even Valve would screw you over to get a buck. Although Valve doesn't seem as in your face with it. I like what Woz stated about Cloud recently. It really isn't a good thing for the industry. Going to be a nightmare in a few years. Your data is not secure in someone else's hands. Want security? Back it up yourself, throw it in a fire proof box and bury it or something. As long as it is there it is in your hands and it is secure.
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#17
Brusfantomet
they could at least try to fix the broken offline mode before adding any more functionality to steam.

By broken offline mode i mean that if you do not stop steam before shutting down your computer offline mode does not work before steam have had a concretion to the Internet when you turn it on again.
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#18
Zakin
by: [XC] Oj101
Here's my question. If you get your Steam account banned (the account, not just a VAC ban) do you lose all of your software? Which might be critical for keeping your business going? I'll buy my next copy of Office at a store thank :)
Er, last I checked Steam only VAC bans meaning you only get banned for games using VAC as protection. They have no jurisdiction or care over any other games/software..learn what you are talking about please. At least in all my time, I've heard people do some pretty horrible things on their Steam account, and the only thing I can think of to get your entire Steam account banned is if they prove that you legitimately got something through the means of a hacked Steam (In other words faking that you owned games.) So, your company should probably stop stealing stuff?
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#19
Kaleid
Achievements for programs coming up?
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#20
sy5tem
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by: [XC] Oj101
Here's my question. If you get your Steam account banned (the account, not just a VAC ban) do you lose all of your software? Which might be critical for keeping your business going? I'll buy my next copy of Office at a store thank :)
you just don't get banned. I've never got banned of any services or game. (starting with DWANGO to play doom2 4 player online .


Also Steam doesn't have the monopoly, they have the best version of it ( i have ea origins and live! game(350 &PC) they are the competition,. just enough to make em move forward.

Steam is the most easy to use always on drm.

i came back to pc and i brought friends over because all they have to do is have steam to buy amd play.

at least its apple or microsoft that took that with shitty 20$ arcade game. and expansion wit h2 maps @ 15$

think About it
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#21
DannibusX
So much hate for a service that you're not required to use.

OMG, Valve is making a free alternative to Adobe Acrobat Pro available! Holy crap!
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#22
Bjorn_Of_Iceland
"Bjorn_Of_Iceland is now playing Adobe Photoshop"

Will they come with steam achievements? :D
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#23
awesomesauce
pretty shure it will be useful with the future steam machine console :respect:
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#24
Fx
by: jpierce55
i am no fan of the ms monopoly either. Competition is a good thing for consumers.
+1
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#25
[XC] Oj101
Oh there certainly are instances of Steam closing accounts. Anything which breaks the Steam TOS can result in your account being disabled - this is very different from a VAC ban as it means you can't even play single player. Reversed payments, fraud, sales of accounts, these are just a few things that can have your account disabled altogether.

Let's set up a hypothetical example. You have an employee who wants something to do during his lunch break, so he buys a low-spec game on Steam - something like Half Life 1 maybe. He pays for it using his wife's credit card, and when she sees an unexpected transaction to an unknown place she phones the bank and reports it as fraud - yes, she should've checked with him but didn't. The bank reverses the charge and your account gets flagged and disabled for fraud. Sorry, your WORK account.

Another point, Steam doesn't allow for account sharing at all so each employee would have to have his own Steam account with products registered to him which would remain his after he leaves the company? Each new employee would need to have software purchased for him? If you're caught sharing a Steam account it can be disabled...

Stick to games, Steam. It's what you're awesome at doing, but I'll buy my software elsewhere.
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