Valve mulls music, video downloads for Steam


— 4:10 PM on February 25, 2008

As Amazon plans to go from offering MP3 downloads to offering game downloads online, Valve is heading the other way. Doug Lombardi, the game development studio's VP of marketing, has revealed in an interview with Tom's Games that Valve is currently mulling the addition of "video and music" content to Steam.

In the interview, Lombardi says he expects content of that type to start appearing on Steam before long. "We're definitely having those conversations and meetings, and we're reaching out to folks with other types of digital entertainment," Lombardi explains. "I think before the end of the year, you'll probably see some pilot programs with other digital entertainment on Steam."

Valve already claims a whopping 15 million Steam users, and more are sure to come thanks to the company's Steamworks initiative. As we reported last month, Steamworks is a set of tools designed to help third-party developers put their games on Steam and use Steam's online community features—just as Valve games like Team Fortress 2 do today. (Thanks to Shacknews for the tip.)

   
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