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Valve launching non-game software on Steam this September


Valve is set to roll out a line of software titles ranging from "creativity to productivity," hitting Steam on September 5. The software titles will incorporate Steamworks functionality, allowing automatic updating and cloud storage, among other standard Steam features.

This follows a leak on the Steam mobile app in July that listed a slew of software features (pictured above), including photo editing, audio production, design and illustration, accounting, video production and more. Steam recently launched the Source Filmmaker, which allows users to easily create in-game movies.

Software titles will continue to hit Steam after the initial September 5 launch, and developers will be able to submit software ideas to Steam Greenlight, its crowd-sourced idea system.

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Launch Set of "Software" Titles Coming Sept 5

Aug 8, 2012 -- 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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