Steam adding non-gaming software

Valve bringing unspecified productivity and creativity software to distribution platform on Sept. 5; some will leverage Steamworks features.

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Valve will expand the offerings for Steam users to non-gaming software next month, the company announced today. Beginning September 5, gamers will be able to download software ranging from creativity to productivity tools.

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No software titles were announced, but Valve said many of the offerings available at launch will leverage Steamworks features, including automatic updating and Steam Cloud support.

Additional software titles will be added following the September 5 launch, with developers able to submit their applications through the newly launched Steam Greenlight crowd-voting process, which launches August 30.

According to Valve's business development staffer Mark Richardson, Steam users have expressed an interest in using Steam for more than just playing games, and "this expansion is a response to those customer requests."

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

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