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Steam logo 2014
Developer(s) Valve Corporation
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 3
Release date(s) Windows: September 12, 2003
Mac OS X: May 12, 2010
Linux: February 14, 2013
Mobile: January 26, 2012

Steam is a digital distribution/rights management, and social networking platform developed by Valve Corporation.


Development began sometime prior to 2002 under the codenames "Grid" and "Gazelle". It was first revealed on March 22, 2002 at the Game Developers Conference purely as a distribution network.

The beta client version was released in 2002 for users of the CS 1.6 beta. It was mandatory to install and use the program for 1.6 beta users, although Steam was still optional. In 2004, WON was shut down and replaced by Steam.

When the release first opened to the public, users found the software to be buggy, chokes in connections to Steam servers, and inability to install the software.

In 2004, Half-Life 2 was released, requiring Steam activation to play.

On 12 September 2007, Valve released the Steam Community. It is a social networking service connecting players to each other.

On 26 April 2010, Valve released a major UI update to Steam. It is the largest update since the launch in 2003.

On 2014, Steam changed their logo from a square to a circle, and has a new steam skin.

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