Valve has launched its Steam service onto mobile devices in the form of a closed beta iPhone and Android app.
The free download allows smartphone owners to chat with their Steam friends, browse community groups and user profiles, read video game news and keep track of the latest Steam sales.
The Steam app comes from many direct requests from our customers,” said Valve co-founder and president Gabe Newell.
Seeing which of your friends are online and playing a game, sending quick messages, looking at screenshots for an upcoming game, or catching a sale – these are all features customers have requested.
Mobile is changing the way people interact, play games and consume media, and the Steam app is part of our commitment to meet customer demands and expand the service functionality of Steam to make it richer and more accessible for everyone.”
Users can express interest in joining the beta by downloading the Steam app and logging into their PC Steam account on their mobile.
Valve's PC digital download platform Steam has over 40m accounts worldwide and has a database of more than 1,800 games available.