Steam launches non-game software store

Its digital distribution storefront will now feature productivity and creativity software; launch titles include 3DMark Vantage and 3DMark 11.

Valve has expanded its Steam digital storefront to include non-gaming software, launching the first wave of titles today.

Steam has launched a series of non-gaming software tools.

The range of creativity and productivity software tools that currently available for download through Steam include:

ArtRage Studio Pro
CameraBag 2
GameMaker: Studio
3D-Coat
3DMark Vantage
3DMark 11

Valve has said that many of these launch titles will take advantage of Steamworks features, including automatic updating, and the ability for users to save their work to their personal Steam Cloud space. GameMaker: Studio also features integration with Steam Workshop, which allows users to share their work via Steam.

To celebrate the launch of its non-gaming software on Steam, Valve will be making all launch titles in the range available for 10 percent off their regular price throughout the week.

Steam currently boasts more than 40 million users, and the service also recently added a free filmmaker tool.

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tgwolf
tgwolf

Too bad I stand with the majority of people in not even caring because we intensely dislike everything Steam stands for barring their occasional price cuts.

mantheman2
mantheman2

well steam is the biggest piece of shit ever, if you dont have uncapped internet you shouldnt even consider the thought of getting a game that has anything to do with steam... even saying the name steam i can see internet data just going and costing me money. please, steam, fuck off!

sincerely, a guy who just wants to play a game with the money he paid for it, not internet bills included

mav_destroyer
mav_destroyer

And apparently these apps also have Steam achievements! Color me surprised.

HailHellfire
HailHellfire

the software that they added looks awesome ive been drooling over ArtRage Studio Pro....

ive always been enticed with painting/drawing on my computer...

less set up & less mess....

dont get me wrong, i will always enjoy painting in real life but when i want a lazy day of not setting everything up or cleaning up, then this is the way to go for people who dont have an art room in their apt, house, or condo...

fogopop
fogopop

Non-game software? So they'll have "Angry Birds", the majority of Wii's software, and "Farmville"?

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

I can't wait for Photoshop, 3DS Max and AutoCAD to go up there, simply because seeing price tags of $3,000+ on Steam would be kind of funny to me.

Zonno
Zonno

I see a lot of new stuff in going on in Valve. Greenlight, The Big Picture and now developing tools and software which are all leading to a more comprehensive program. That's positive. Can we buy stocks somewhere?

 

Hopefully they'll be able to take over EA someday so we can play BF3 on steam.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

every day Valve is making itself into an even bigger powerhouse

tweezzzy
tweezzzy

THIS JUST IN....VALVE TAKES OUT ADOBE AND AUTODESK AND BECOMES THE INDUSTRY STANDARD FOR EVERYTHING. MORE NEWS AT 11....im just waiting for Valve Stores to start popping up next to Apple Stores and Microsoft Stores in malls across america.

fillup0
fillup0

Nothing wrong with Valve expanding their business, they are definitely big enough to do it. Apart from the free software, I don't think I will be using this.

anhnhay
anhnhay

is bestter iF VALVE buy EA, Activition

anhnhay
anhnhay

STEAM FTW. STEAM >>>>>>>>>> ALL online services

VALVE FTW. VALVE>>>>>>>>>> ALL DEVELOPER

nate1222
nate1222

I don't have a problem with it. As long as they don't start mucking with the games. Hell, Amazon has been carrying digitally distributed games, music, movies and books for years now.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Stupid.

 

I have Google, I do not need any other thing to find programs.

Omega_Zero69
Omega_Zero69

seems pretty nice that they are adding non-gaming software looking for more expanding on software from steam

emperiox
emperiox

No game creation apps or Nero or musicmaker apps or antivirus programs? WTF Steam, get on it!

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

Valve / Steam become one-stop everything

 

Gaming, Software, Mods, Patch, DLC, Linux, Windows, Mac, Dedicated Server, Indie, Desktop, Laptop, Living-room.

 

what's more?? Bathroom,, Kitchen,,

Nuoooo,,,

 

SolidTy
SolidTy

Pricing will be a tricky thing to handle, but people should be happy.

risako9
risako9

Yes!!! i hope they include non-games on sale!

DevaGolgotha
DevaGolgotha

Steam should open a game store franchise.  they'd make a shitload of cash for just being Steam.  Anyway, they should do it and sell old game systems!  But that's mainly because I want a decent SNES...

tweezzzy
tweezzzy

 @jinzo9988 you will never see adobe products or autodesk on steam. ever. there is a reason adobe and autodesk keep their products separate and use things like bridge, composite, or premiere to pull it all together. they make ALOT more money charging out the ass for individual products, then "discounting" the full suite....and that is why i hate adobe.

alexLmx6
alexLmx6

 @jinzo9988 I seriously doubt that will happen, Autodesk and Adobe both have their own distribution networks and I can't see them letting anyone else take a cut of their profits.

 

Still though, this could be great for lesser known creativity software to get more attention!

alexLmx6
alexLmx6

 @Zonno Please don't wish for Valve to become a publicly traded company..

fillup0
fillup0

 @Suikogaiden Steam is completely free and the tools on here are free too, you tool.

tweezzzy
tweezzzy

 @Suikogaiden you have no idea how DD platforms work or why they are changing the PC industry, do you?

vault-boy
vault-boy

 @DrKill09 Well, I have Google so I can just go download my games off Gamestop or Amazon so I guess there is no need for Steam. Well, except for the fact that it is more convenient and has amazing sales on all there products all the time including the new software. Now please, stop being an idiot. Thank you.

billlabowski
billlabowski

 @DrKill09 And the reward for the most moronic comment of October 3rd 2012 goes to...DrKill09. Because brain cells are highly overrated.

egger7577
egger7577

You can download ativirus software for free from various developers websites or via Cnet.

paperwarior17
paperwarior17

 @emperiox I believe GameMaker is a game creation app, if I'm thinking of the right program. And the name certainly sounds like it. >.>

tweezzzy
tweezzzy

 @alexLmx6  @Zonno  they never will. the only way to buy stock in valve is to buy massive amounts of TF2 Hats.

tweezzzy
tweezzzy

 @grgcucu sfm wasnt developed by valve? neither is their SDK or hammer editor? or the source engine? nor goldsrc? nor any of their games?

emperiox
emperiox

 @solidsnakedude1  @Ladiesman17 If there is one company that I want to become a one stop everything, it's Jagex! They're like the best game company in the world!!! :D

 

DevaGolgotha
DevaGolgotha

 @mlcarter815 Screw that.  i want an SNES.  I also want console games, despite how fun PC gaming is.  C'mon man, nothing's the future for an industry where all faces are selling millions of units.

RogueJedi86
RogueJedi86

 @tweezzzy  @grgcucu 

 

Maybe grgcucu meant that Valve sells more things than they make. Out of Steam's VAST library, only a small percentage of it is titles or products created by Valve. I love that fact. Origin will never beat Steam because EA only ever sell EA games on an EA-owned service(not going to see games from rival publisher Activision anytime soon). So grgcucu is right, from a certain point of view. ;)

tweezzzy
tweezzzy

 @fillup0  @Suikogaiden  wrong. they made their billions by being innovative. tbh, anyone inside a sub community on steam could tell you that Steam Support is very shitty and brashly generalizes problems which lead to very angry customers. and they know that, which leads to innovations like greenlight and soft dev tools, BPM, Steam on Linux, and soon to come hardware peripherals. just because valve can do anything better than anyone else doesnt they money grab whenever they expand to new areas. VALVE STARTED THE FREE TO PAY REVOLUTION, you bafoon. 

fillup0
fillup0

 @tweezzzy  @Suikogaiden Steam is a money grab in a way, but it is a money grab in the sense that they make money by just creating a service which the consumers like. They have made their billions from treating the consumers nicely, because they are gamers themselves. The only thing I can fault Steam for is how the client runs. (Read: Not that well)

tweezzzy
tweezzzy

 @fillup0  @Suikogaiden ah, well met, sir. the worst is that the app store for iphones or android is what alot of DD platforms (and freemium-model video games) are built from/modeled after and subsequentially stereotyped as money grabs. steam, on the other hand, is the rare exception (07 SDK is "released" for free after TF2 goes F2P being a prime example)

fillup0
fillup0

 @tweezzzy  @Suikogaiden My point is, they're not charging for tools that are free, the guy just automatically assumed that DD is a big money grab. (Which it is for some companies like MS and Sony)