Steam

Steam

Steam is a digital distribution platform developed by Valve Corporation, offering digital rights management (DRM), multiplayer gaming and social networking services. Essentially, Steam is a digital game store and gaming platform. It provides users with installation and automatic updating of games on multiple computers. Steam also has community features such as friends list, groups, and chat functionality. Although developed to be used as a stand-alone client, most of the storefront and social network features of Steam can be found on the Steam website at store.steampowered.com

Since its launch, Steam had a mostly uncontested hold over the PC digital distribution market. Sales via the Steam are estimated to be between 50 and 75 percent of the total PC gaming market. Other major developers have developed their own services to try to emulate Steam's success, most notably Electronic Arts' (EA) Origin, Ubisoft's Uplay and Blizzard Entertainment's Battle.net.

As of November 2016, Steam reached a new record of concurent user: 12.5 million people. With more than 125 million registered accounts and 6000-plus games, Steam is one of the most prominent platforms in all of PC gaming. The success of Steam has led to Valve's development of Steam Machine, SteamOS, and Steam Controller.

1. Create a Steam account

Note: You can do this in the Steam client or on the website. If you're new to Steam, go to the website. You need to be 13 or older (using Steam may involve transactions) and have an email address to create a Steam account.

  1. Go to http://store.steampowered.com.
  2. Click login at the top right of the page.
  3. Next, click Join Steam.
  4. Create your Steam account name (you can use Check availability to check if the username you choose is taken).
  5. Choose a password for you account and enter your email address (Your email address is used to confirm purchases and help you manage access to your Steam account - it's very important).
  6. Enter the characters you see in the picture.
  7. Check 
  8. Click Create my account.

After creating your account, make sure to verify your email address. Next, download the Steam client and start gaming.

2. Sign in Steam website

  1. Go to http://store.steampowered.com.
  2. Click login at the top right of the page.
  3. Enter your Steam account name and password.
  4. Click Sign in.
  5. If you've already verified your email, Steam will send a code to your inbox and ask you to enter the code to confirm your sign in.

Steam client also requires logging in before it can be used.

3. Feature

A. Game store

Steam includes a storefront called Steam Store at http://store.steampowered.com. Users can purchase computer games through the Store. Once a game is bought, a software license will be permanently attached to the user's Steam account, which means that game can be downloaded on any compatible devices the user signed his/her account in to. Games and software are stored locally on users' computer as game cache files, and can only be executed by using the Steam client. The storefront's interface and content (including language and currency) may varies based on the user's location. Some titles may even be restricted from purchasing to specific regions because of release dates, game classification, or agreements with publishers. The Steam Store now supports 28 languages.

Apart from purchasing games directly from the Store, users are also allowed to redeem store product keys to add software to their Library. These keys are sold by third-party providers such as HumbleBundle.

Steam Store incorporates a user review system that allow users to vote a game as "Recommended" or "Not Recommended" and write a review with the maximum of 8000 characters about their opinions on the game. Other users can subsequently rate the reviews as helpful, unhelpful or funny, which are used to highlight the most useful reviews on the game's Steam store page. Reviews also show the amount of time the reviewers has put into the game, the numbers of products they have and the number of reviews they've written to increase the credibility of his/her review.

To increase customers' experience, the Store also has other features such as product recommendations based on user's purchase and browsing history, special offers, and wishlist.

B. Community

Steam Community has a serparate page at: http://steamcommunity.com. It is a place for community and official content of all games and software on Steam to be posted. The content includes artworks, screenshots, videos, news, guides, reviews and live broadcasts, which are grouped into hubs based on the game they are related to. Steam Community has other community-related features including Discussions, Workshop, Greenlight and Market.

Steam Discussions are Steam's forums for everyone, from new to advanced users, to freely discuss and ask question about all things and topics game-related.

Steam Workshop is a central hub of user-created content and tools to publish, organize, and download that content into the games. Each game has its own Workshop and not every game is supported by Steam Workshop. Different games will utilize the Workshop in different ways . Some games allow user to create and submit new items for consideration to be officially incorporated into the actual game. Other games allow creators to publish their work directly to the Workshop, and let players subscribe to them as mods to use in their game.

Greenlight is a system that enlists the community's help in picking some of the new games to be released on Steam. Through Steam Greenlight, developers can post information, screenshots, and video about their game and seek community support in order to get selected for distribution. It also help developers get feedback from potential customers and start creating an active fanbase around their game during the development process.

Steam Market or Community Market is where users can buy and sell in-game items using Steam Wallet funds. To participate in the Market, users have to meet certain criteria, which can be found in the Community Market FAQ.

C. Client

The Steam client is available as a desktop app for Microsoft Windows, Apple OS X and Linux and a mobile app with limited functions for Adndroid, iOS, and Windows phone. The client is where users access, manage their game library and run the games (which cannot be done on the Steam website). The mobile app also acts as an authenticator for login verification.

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Steam is a digital distribution platform developed by Valve Corporation offering digital rights management (DRM), multiplayer gaming and social networking services