Valve begins rollout of non-gaming titles on Steam

Valve has officially expanded Steam beyond games, adding non-gaming software to its online marketplace.

Valve first unveiled plans for a non-gaming section of Steam back in August, saying at the time that the titles would be available starting 5 September.

"The 40 million gamers frequenting Steam are interested in more than playing games," Valve's Mark Richardson said in August. "They have told us they would like to have more of their software on Steam, so this expansion is in response to those customer requests."

Two months later, a slow rollout has started, with just seven non-gaming titles currently available via Steam, including GameMaker: Studio, 3D-Coat, ArtRage Studio Pro, 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark 11, CameraBag 2, and Source Filmmaker.

To celebrate the launch, Steam is discounting all of its software titles through the week by 10 per cent. Retail prices range from upwards of £60 (or £54.76 on discount) for 3D-Coat, to under £10 for CameraBag 2 (currently £8.54). GameMaker: Studio and Source Filmmaker are free releases that feature additional paid-for content.

For now, all of the non-Valve software is available only for Windows-based PCs. Titles will continue to be added on an ongoing basis, and Valve has encouraged developers to submit their software via Steam Greenlight, a platform that allows users to vote on the titles they most want to see released.

Valve noted that many of the new software titles will take advantage of popular Steamworks features, like easy installation, automatic updating, and use of a personal Steam Cloud space to save and access work from anywhere.

The company confirmed in July that it is building a Linux version of Steam, with Left 4 Dead 2 (L4D2) as the platform's first game.

Valve was inspired by Windows 8 to move in a different direction, as chief Gabe Newell said recently that the new Microsoft operating system will be "a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space."