Steam Rises

There are articles on both GameSpy.com and Shacknews about Steam, an upcoming broadband delivery system from Valve Software that hasn't really been formally discussed, although it was recently rolled out in a semi-public beta test (story). Each article elaborates on the Steam broadband content delivery system, describing a tool that purchasers of Valve's games will make transparent use of to get game patches and the like that may also be licensed by outside companies for other forms of content delivery. Each article also offers quotes from Valve's Gabe Newell, while GameSpy's piece also features quotes from Doug Lombardi with the Shack's offering screenshots of the Steam interface along with a mention of plans for an accompanying instant-messaging client called "Tracker."
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I think they are doing this with an eye towards their future products like TF2, CS2 and HL2. No doubt they are sick of forking cash over to Sierra themselves. opening the system to other products is just smart business. I think its pretty cool myself.

people are going to bitch about Valve of course because God knows they aren't supposed to make money, right?

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