What is Steam?

Steam is a digital distribution, digital rights management, multiplayer and communications platform developed by Valve Corporation. It is the leading platform for the delivery and management of pc and mac games with over 50 million accounts around the world and over 2,000 titles of games alone are being offered. This software is used to distribute games and related media online that range from small independent developers to large software houses up until in October 2012 where valve has announced to expand their services to include non-gaming software as well. The software provides a freely available application programming interface called steam works that developers can take advantage of to integrate many of steam’s functions within their software products. This includes copy protection, networking and match making, in-game achievements and micro-transactions, and support for user-created content through steam workshop. The software was developed for Microsoft windows-running computers that eventually expanded their markets to the mac os x version.

Just around November of 2012, valve software announced through gabe newell, co-founder and managing director of the company, that a new version of steam for linux-based computers has been released in the market. Although, as of that date, the beta version is still the only version available and is open only to the broad masses of beta testers. It has been said that after the opening of the beta, linux users will be able to play very popular game titles like team fortress 2, serious sam 3, and killing floor among others. The linux based steam is capable of big picture mode designed for use with a tv and controller which is still in beta. Within its first week,, valve received over 60,000 responses to its request for participants in the steam for linux beta.


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