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Valve withdraws non-video game content from Steam



With the established dominance of Steam, Valve has attempted to expand into several markets over the past few years to varying success. Moving forward, it looks as if the company wants to focus on its gaming efforts as it permanently withdraws its movies on-demand section.

Originally hosting documentaries like Indie Game: The Movie back in 2013, Steam has gradually expanded its library to include Hollywood titles such as Mad Max: Fury Road, John Wick and the movie that went on to inspire a lot of Hideo Kojima's Metal Gear Solid, Escape From New York. While a handful of gaming-related content such as Deliverance: The Making of the Kingdom Come remains, not to be confused with the graphic 1972 title also called Deliverance, Valve has removed its selection in order to focus.

[19659002] "In a review of what Steam users are really watching, it became clear we should focus our efforts on offering content that is either directly related to gaming or is an add-on for games or software sold on Steam," explains the blog post. "As part of this refocus, we have retired the Video section of the Steam Store menu with the expectation that video content is discovered through the associated game or software store page, or through search, user tags, recommendations, etc."

Users who have already purchased content from the Steam Store will have access to it from their library, while the content will be slowly removed from the sale over the next few weeks. This is sure to annoy some who were hoping to build a formidable library of movies alongside their video games, but there are digital alternatives such as Amazon, iTunes and more.

KitGuru Says: Many Steam users found themselves asking Valve "why" when the movies were originally introduced to the platform, with myself included. As interesting as it is to see the company diversify, it has always felt a bit out of place among the gaming and social features pushed by the platform. Do you feel as if Valve is making the right decision, backing away from on-demand movies?


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