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Game developer Valve to introduce non-gaming content to Steam distribution platform

Game developer and distributor Valve has announced that it is expanding its Steam platform to offer non-gaming software.

Beginning on 5 September, Steam visitors will be able to load up on more than just Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Portal 2.

Valve did not reveal exactly what the non-gaming section of Steam will include, except to say that many titles "will take advantage of popular Steamworks features, such as easy installation, automatic updating, and the ability to save your work to your personal Steam Cloud space so your files may travel with you."

Titles will be added on an ongoing basis and developers are welcome to submit software via Steam Greenlight, a platform that lets users vote on the titles they most want to see released by Steam.

"The 40 million gamers frequenting Steam are interested in more than playing games," said Valve's Mark Richardson. "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."

Last month, Valve confirmed that it is building a Linux version of Steam, with Left 4 Dead 2 (L4D2) as the platform's first game. "The goal of the Steam client project is a fully-featured Steam client running on Ubuntu 12.04," Valve's Linux team wrote at the time.

Valve was apparently inspired to pursue Linux because Windows 8 is going to be "a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space," Valve head Gabe Newell said recently. Blizzard reportedly echoed those sentiments shortly thereafter.