Valve showed its hand last month when its Steam Android app began showing categories for non-gaming applications. Today, the company has made it all official. Steam will begin offering apps that focus on things such as productivity and creativity starting on September 5.
These new apps will take advantage of Steam’s best features such as cloud syncing through Steam Cloud and Steamworks. Specific software titles were not mentioned in the press release, but Valve will allow developers to get their apps out in the open through Steam Greenlight. Steam Greenlight is a place where the Steam community gets to decide whether an app or game makes it to Steam.
Steam appears to be attempting to take on the likes of Apple and Microsoft. We’re in for a dynamic shift if Valve can recreate the success it has had with games.