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Valve’s ever-popular content delivery platform Steam has taken its first steps into the mobile world with the launch of two apps for iOS and Android users. Despite both being available for anyone to download on the App Store and Android Market, Valve have so far only allowed a small number of users use the service.

Currently in beta, both apps provide quick access to  friend statuses, chat and the store front where games can be purchased using saved credentials. In addition to this there is a “Friend Activity” area that logs purchases, achievements and other events and news sections for updates from blogs and Valve themselves.

As it stands these news sections are pretty bare, but the game catalogue is complete and fully functional, allowing for the purchase of full titles from your Android or iOS device. Valve’s president and co-founder, Gabe Newell, said:

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 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.”

Don’t worry if you’re not in the beta just yet, simply by downloading one of the apps and logging in (as well as providing the Steam Guard code sent to your email address) Valve will add you to the list of users awaiting beta entry.

If you’ve been lucky enough to get beta access already then let us know what you think!

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Download: Steam for iOS @ App Store
Download: Steam for Android @ Android Market

Source: Steam

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  2. M.S. Smith
    January 30, 2012 at 1:09 am

    I was wondering how long it would be until this happened. I'm surprised it wasn't sooner. I wonder if Valve intends to release a curated app store for mobile devices at some point in the future?

    • Chris Hoffman
      January 30, 2012 at 3:06 pm

      There are unofficial Steam apps that do much of this; I'm just surprised Valve didn't do it sooner.

      Apple wouldn't allow an alternative app store on iOS, but it's a possibility for Android.

    • Tim Brookes
      January 31, 2012 at 2:52 am

      I actually welcome the late arrival purely on the basis that both the iOS and Android apps went live at the same time! More often than not one platform will receive an app first, and the buzz disappears by the time everyone else gets it.

      Valve managed to generate a massive demand (more demand than they can accomodate in the beta by the looks of it) and will be able to keep people interested as they phase out access via email. 

      Also to quote myself: "games can be purchased using saved credentials" - so Valve lose no money because they avoid Apple and Google's tax on purchases. Another smart move.

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