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Valve to offer more than just games
Valve has been pretty successful with the Steam game network, letting people play high quality games online without having to buy some CD for sixty bucks. 40 million gamers belong to the service. Now the company says those gamers are getting antsy to do more than just blast aliens and hear calls of duties and so forth. So Valve is expanding its offerings starting September 5th to titles beyond games. Nothing has been announced in terms of titles but Valve mentioned creativity and productivity software.
The company also noted that the titles would use Steamworks features with which gamers are already familiar, such as automatic updates and the ability to save data to a Steam Cloud space. Developers can submit titles through the Steam Greenlight system.
Valve has been increasingly singing the praises of its cross-platform approach of late. Company chief Gabe Newell hit the headlines a week ago when he said Windows 8 was shaping up to be a “catastrophe” for the PC ecosystem, and made it clear that Linux was an increasingly viable alternative, at least for Valve.