Steam launches 'Beyond Games' initiative

Though slightly later than expected, Valve has expanded Steam's focus to non-gaming software. The company launched its "Beyond Games" initiative today, offering six pieces of creativity and productivity software on sale complete with some of the usual Steam bells and whistles.

The six initial offerings include ArtRage Studio Pro, CameraBag 2, GameMaker: Studio, 3D-Coat, 3DMark Vantage, and 3DMark 11. Valve promises that most of these include Steam's streamlined installation process, automatic updating, and Steam Cloud saves so you can take your files with you between work stations. GameMaker even includes integration with Steam Workshop so you can share your creations.

If any of these applications strike your fancy, you should grab them while the grabbing's good. Each of the launch applications are 10% off this week.