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Steam (software)

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Steam is a digital distribution platform developed by Valve Corporation for purchasing and playing video games. Steam was first released in 2003 as a way for Valve to provide automatic updates to its first-party games, but grew out in features and offerings from third-party developers and publishers. Steam offers digital rights management (DRM), matchmaking servers, video streaming, and social networking services. Steam 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.

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