Valve Releases Steamworks SDK

By Nick Breckon, May 01, 2008 1:25pm PDT Independent developer Valve today announced the release of its Steamworks software development kit, a set of free tools that will allow PC game developers to add a number of supporting services to their products.

The list of features includes product key authentication, copy protection, auto-updating, social networking, matchmaking, and anti-cheat technology.

Those interested in the nitty-gritty details can check out the Steamworks partner site, which has now been updated with additional documentation.

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  • All PC developers and publishers who complain about piracy have now ceased to have any credibility in my eyes. If your game suffers from piracy, it is because you use ineffective, buggy, outdated techniques to combat it, such as on-disk rootkit malware which harms legitimate customers, like Starforce and Securom, as well as easily defeatable things like requiring the DVD to be in the drive that merely annoy your legitimate customers. Just use online authentication, and you've got massively improved defense against piracy, and you don't even need to require the CD/DVD checks anymore.