Eidos building up Steam

British publisher will digitally distribute Tomb Raider, Hitman, Commandos, Just Cause, Battlestations: Midway, and Championship Manager via Valve's online service.

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Today, Eidos Interactive announced it has inked a deal with Valve Software to distribute games via the Steam digital delivery service. The subsidiary of SCi Entertainment is the latest publisher to hook up with the Half-Life 2 developer, following in the footsteps of Activision, Majesco, and 2K Games.

As has been the case previously, the release announcing the Eidos/Valve deal went out at the same time the first games from the publisher went up on Steam. The service currently offers Battlestations: Midway, Hitman: Blood Money, Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, Hitman: Codename 47, Just Cause, and four Commandos titles: Strike Force, Men of Courage, Destination Berlin, and Behind Enemy Lines. All games are 10 percent off their retail prices until March 26.

Besides its current offerings, Eidos also plans to release its popular soccer-coach sim Championship Manager 2007 and several Tomb Raider games on Steam later this year. The latter group will include the forthcoming Tomb Raider: Anniversary collection.

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