Valve has disclosed that its Steam video game download service will also now offer non-gaming software.
The game developer said the new expansion will include downloads ranging from "creativity to productivity software", in a move that looksset to expand Steam from a home gaming brand to a retail service for home office and small business users.
Valve said the new downloads will come with the same features offered with its current games titles, with non-game downloads set to officially become available on September 5th.
"The 40 million gamers frequenting Steam are interested in more than playing games," said Valve's business development executive 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."
Available software titles won't be announced until early Septembe,r but if a recent leak is any indication the service will offer a variety of options.
Last month the Verge spotted an accidental revealing of software listings in Valve's Steam app for Android. The accidental unveiling displayed non-gaming application types such as accounting, photo editing, and software training listed in the app.
The surprising discovery was the first indication that Steam would soon be offering general purpose software.
Valve says software downloads will come equipped with the company's usual Steamworks features. Steamworks functionality offers users automatic updates and the ability to save files into Steam's cloud service.
Along with pre-chosen software, developers will also be able to submit offerings through Valve's Steam Greenlight system.
Greenlight allows smaller developers to present products to the Steam community for a vote. If a developer's product gets enough votes its goods get uploaded to the platform for user consumption.
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