Valve Software’s Steam service is now available on the Android Market. Unfortunately, the current app version is not intended for playing games but instead, to invite users to ‘participate in the Steam community wherever you go. Chat with your Steam friends, browse community groups and user profiles, read the latest gaming news and stay up to date on unbeatable Steam sales.’ This is the description of the app found on the site.
To date, Steam has always been a computer application which served as a digital distribution service for games created by Valve, as well as third-party titles, to both independent and major publishers. With the development of the app, users get to participate in social media services outside of the games. This is through the dedicated Friends list with a text chat and support for groups of players, or Clans as they are called.
As of this writing, the app serves as a stepping stone into the realm of online gaming. It is similar to how OnLive Viewer app enables its users to communicate with each other, but not to play games. While the OnLive app allows its users to spectate games, Steam does not. According to Gamespot, similar mobile apps have also been published by Microsoft, Activision, and Bungie.
Now that Steam has provided community interaction, it won’t be long before downloading, updating and playing games will be available on the app.