Steam can be a digital distribution platform put together by Valve Corporation offering digital rights management (DRM), multiplayer gaming and online community services. Steam provides the user with installation and automatic updating of games on multiple computers, and community features including friends lists and groups, cloud saving, and in-game voice and chat functionality. The software program gives a freely available application programming interface (API) called Steamworks, which developers can use to integrate lots of Steam's functions inside their products, including networking, matchmaking, in-game achievements, micro-transactions, and support for user-created content through Steam Workshop.
Though initially developed for use on Ms windows, versions for OS X and Linux os were later released. Applications whose main functions are chatting and shopping have been released for iOS, Android and Windows Phone mobile phones. The Steam website also replicates most of the storefront and social media options that come with the stand-alone application.
Since September 2015, you can find 6,464 Windows games, 2,323 OS X games, and 1,500 Linux games entirely on Steam.The service has over 125 million registered accounts. Steam has received up to 12.5 million concurrent users at the time of November 2015. The Steam platform is regarded as the greatest digital distribution platform for PC gaming; in November 2009, Stardock estimated it at 70% after which later, in October 2013, it turned out estimated by Screen Digest that 75% of games bought online were downloaded through Steam. In 2015, users purchased titles through Steam or through Steam keys from third-party vendors totaling around $3.5 billion representing 15% in the global PC game sales for your year, determined by estimations made by the tracking website Steam Spy. The achievements the Steam platform has generated the development of a distinct Steam Machine micro-consoles and private computers meeting minimum specifications, and SteamOS, a Linux-based operating system built throughout the Steam Client Server.