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Valve considers a version of Steam for iOS and Android

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Valve considers a version of Steam for iOS and Android
If you aren't familiar with Valve, you should know that they are the makers of Steam, which is a distribution, rights management, and multiplayer gaming/communication network. According to a Steam Forum member who met with Valve's Gabe Newell, they are considering a Steam solution for both iOS and Android.

Steam on iOS or Android would look very much like the Game Center and OpenFeint, in that there would be leaderboards, achievements, and social networking. The advantage might be that the community would combine the home and mobile experiences, much like Microsoft is trying to do with their Xbox LIVE integration on Windows Phone 7.

A mobile version of Steam is more likely going to come to Android, only because of the restrictions of Apple's App Store and Game Center. iPodNN theorizes that the app could be reduced to the social networking functions of Steam, allowing only community interaction and download-queues, rather than actual gaming.

But because a Steam app would combine everything we love, we're going to remain optimistic. What do you think? Is the fragmentation of mobile gaming starting to make your head spin?

source: Valve via iPodNN

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posted on 23 Mar 2011, 02:43 1

1. doubler86 (Posts: 317; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)


You really only use steam to socialize if your preparing to play a game with your friends. If it doesn't allow you to play games it's not really worth it, if it does however it would be a great way to play some of the more simple games available on steam.

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 10:02 1

2. Mjolnir22 (Posts: 4; Member since: 17 Mar 2011)


The convenience steam on android would provide has me pretty excited. Plus you know they would port in portal/whatever other popular offerings they have now. As multiple core phones hit the market they will have more and more room to bring us great content. Plus they have great sales :D

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 16:13

3. Glorfindale (Posts: 17; Member since: 16 Jul 2010)


I would be thrilled with an option of having Steam on my phone. Even if it doesn't integrate well with Android Gaming (it's in a pretty sad state as is, I wonder what Steam could do with it), I would definitely appreciate a Steam Chat and an ability to view current sales and purchase options that Steam normally offers on a PC. Vewing current sales, adding games to DL queue, etc...

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