Valve announces free Steamworks publishing platform
Valve has launched a new, free suite of software tools based around the Steam network to help ease the burden of developing and publishing PC games.
"Developers and 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 Valve president Gabe Newell. "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."
The tools include the ability to track sales and software activation in real time, voice chat, auto-patching, matchmaking and anti-piracy measures.
Is Valve a genuine do-gooder, or does the company just know how to comprehensively corner a market?