Valve Unveils SteamWorksComplete Suite of Publishing Tools Available Free of Charge | Posted by David P. on Jan 30th 08 05:08 AM
January 29, 2008 - Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Half-Life and Counter-Strike)
and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announce
Steamworks, a complete suite of publishing and development tools -
ranging from copy protection to social networking services to server
browsing - is now available free of charge to developers and publishers
Steamworks, the same suite of tools used in best-selling PC titles Half-Life 2 and The Orange Box,
is available for all PC games distributed via retail and leading online
platforms such as Steam. The services included in Steamworks may be
used a la carte or in any combination.
Specifically, Steamworks offers:
· Real-time stats on sales, gameplay, and product activation:
Know exactly how well your title is selling before the charts are
released. Find out how much of your game is being played. Login into
your Steamworks account pages and view up to the hour information
regarding worldwide product activations and player data.
· State of the art encryption system:
Stop paying to have your game pirated before it's released. Steamworks
takes anti-piracy to a new level with strong encryption that keeps your
game locked until the moment it is released.
· Territory/version control: The
key-based authentication provided in Steamworks also provides
territory/version controls to help curb gray market importing and
deliver territory-specific content to any given country or region.
· Auto updating: Insures all customers are playing the latest and greatest version of your games.
· Voice chat: Available for use both in and out of game.
· Multiplayer matchmaking:
Steamworks offers you all the multiplayer backend and matchmaking
services that have been created to support Counter-Strike and Team
Fortress 2, the most played action games in the world.
· Social networking services: With
support for achievements, leaderboards, and avatars, Steamworks allows
you to give your gamers as many rewards as you would like, plus support
for tracking the world's best professional and amateur players of your
· Development tools: Steamworks
allows you to administer private betas which can be updated multiple
times each day. Also includes data collection tools for QA, play
testing, and usability studies.
publishers are spending more and more time and money cobbling together
all the tools and backend systems needed to build and launch a
successful title in today's market," said Gabe Newell, president of
Valve. "Steamworks puts all those tools and systems together in one
free package, liberating publishers and developers to concentrate on
the game instead of the plumbing."
"As more developers
and publishers have embraced Steam as a leading digital distribution
channel, we've heard a growing number of inquiries regarding the
availability of the platform's services and tools," said Jason Holtman,
director business development at Valve. "Offering Steamworks is part of
our ongoing efforts to support the needs of game developers and our
Steam is a leading
platform for the delivery and management of PC games and digital
content. With over 13 million active accounts and more than 250 games,
plus hundreds of movie files and game demos available, Steam has become
a frequent destination for millions of gamers around the world.
For more information regarding Steamworks, please visit www.steamgames.com/steamworks. To find out about more about Steamworks contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Valve is an
entertainment software and technology company founded in 1996 and based
in Bellevue, Washington with offices in Irvine, CA. The company's
portfolio of entertainment properties includes Half-Life®,
Counter-Strike®, Day of Defeat®, Team Fortress®, PortalTM and Left 4 DeadTM.
Valve's catalog of products accounts for over 20 million retail units
sold worldwide, and over 80% of PC online action gameplay. In addition,
Valve is a developer of leading-edge technologies, such as the Source
game engine and Steam, a broadband platform for the delivery and
management of digital content. For more information, please visit www.valvesoftware.com.