Valve to update dev tools for Steam events and announcements

Developers will now have access to additional tools when the New Steam Library beta debuts later this month.


The New Steam Library beta is starting up this month, but with it comes a new set of developer tools for game creators to better interface with their fans as well.

Thew update will feature dev tools that are available now for creators to use that will make it easier to share when a big update is now up to download. Valve acknowledges that it "hasn't been easy" to let users know that a larger update has just arrived for a game, especially "if they've moved on to something else."

"Now it is," Steam wrote in its announcement blog post. Right now, developers can use event creation tools that will feed directly into the new library. The new event tools let developers easily communicate and re-engage with players when they have something fun or exciting to announce such as a new update, tournament, or various other activities.

The new editor tools are found within the Steam Community hub and Steamworks app page, where you'll find authoring pages for the events and updates. They're designed to help you configure them for whatever announcement is appropriate for the time, with a simple editor to help format text with images, YouTube embeds, and more with simple scheduling features.

The tools also come along with better image support, preview tools, and other useful ways to help interface with fans. Of course, regular Steam users will benefit as well, but it seems this update go-around is geared toward helping to make everyone's experience a little better. Be sure to jump in when the public beta begins September 17 and let us know how you're finding it. 

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