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Steam is a digital distribution platform developed by Valve Software, offering access to games, community features, and software tools for game developers.

Introduction to Steam

Steam was first launched in 2003 as a standalone software client to provide automatic updates for Valveā€™s own games, such as Counter-Strike and Half-Life on Windows.

Over time, it expanded to include games from third-party publishers, as well as community features such as multiplayer matchmaking, social networking, and user-generated content for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Steam has since become the dominant platform for desktop gaming.

Some alternatives to Steam:

  • XBox Game pass for PC
  • Epic
  • GoG

Steam Development

See the article Getting Started with Steam Development