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Steam is a digital distribution, digital rights management, multiplayer and communications platform developed by the Valve Corporation. It is used to distribute games and related media online, from small independent developers to larger software houses. Steam also has community features, automated game updates, and in-game voice and chat functionality.

As of 2010, there are over 1,200 games available through Steam, and over 30 million active user accounts. Although Valve never releases sales figures, Steam is estimated to have a 70% share of the digital distribution market for video games.

Many major publishers have catalogues on Steam, including id Software, Bethesda Softworks, Electronic Arts, Activision, 2K Games, Ubisoft, THQ, Sega, Codemasters, LucasArts, Capcom, Rockstar Games, Firaxis and Square Enix.

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review by . July 13, 2012
posted in Siliconera Bounce
When I became a PC gamer after acquiring an Alienware Aurora gaming desktop in the summer of 2010, I've been hearing good and bad things about this game-playing application called Steam. In December of that year, I finally started using the Steam app that was built into my machine and since December is a part of the year where Steam has tons of sales for games, I went crazy buying heavily-discounted game bundles, and after playing the games, I have to conclude that Steam is an essential component …
Quick Tip by . October 01, 2011
posted in Siliconera Bounce
I think Steam is one of the best things ever made for PC gamers. Installation and registration to Steam is free, and there's frequent sales for games. There's a HUGE selection of games to choose from, so there's something for every type of gamer. Best of all, Steam's servers store your gameplay progress, so if something really bad happens to your computer, your games won't be lost, all you have to do is log in to your Steam account and re-install them on another machine. …
Quick Tip by . March 11, 2010
Valve just announced that Steam is coming to the Mac. Add "Gaming Console" to the list of things your Mac Mini will be able to do soon!
Quick Tip by . March 07, 2010
Steam is like iTunes for PC Video Games. The centralized licensing paradigm should be adopted by all software developers
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