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It was launched in September 2003 as a way for Valve to provide automatic updates for their games, but eventually expanded to include games from third-party publishers.
Steam offers digital rights management (DRM), matchmaking servers, video streaming, and social networking services.
It also provides the user with installation and automatic updating of games, and community features such as friends lists and groups, cloud saving, and in-game voice and chat functionality.
Mobile apps were later released for i OS, Android, and Windows Phone in the 2010s.
In 2004, the World Opponent Network was shut down and replaced by Steam, with any online features of games that required it ceasing to work unless they converted over to Steam.For games that incorporate Steamworks, users can buy redemption codes from other vendors and redeem these in the Steam client to add the title to their libraries.Steam also offers a framework for selling and distributing downloadable content (DLC) for games.The software provides a freely available application programming interface (API) called Steamworks, which developers can use to integrate many of Steam's functions into their products, including matchmaking, in-game achievements, microtransactions, and support for user-created content through Steam Workshop.Though initially developed for use on Microsoft Windows operating systems, versions for mac OS and Linux were later released.