Here’s an interesting rumor for you gamers out there. A member over at Valve’s forums has apparently spoken to the studio’s Gabe Newell and said the company head revealed some interesting information. One bit that stood out to us was that the company may be looking to bring an Android version of Steam to the platform.
If you don’t know, Steam is a popular games repository for PC and Mac that acts as a social hub for players, a launcher for all the games you’ve bought (in Steam or otherwise), and has some unique features that third-party developers can take advantage of in their game. (These are called Steam-powered games.)
While we aren’t expecting this supposed mobile version to bring us all the PC goodness we can currently download, we do hope it ushers in a new era of video game discovery on the Android market. OpenFeint is trying and doing very well and NVIDIA has jumped into the fold with their own Tegra Zone application that spotlights games which are optimized for Tegra devices.
The addition of Steam would heighten competition and would bring a very big name in the gaming scene to Android. With all of these tablets and all of the complex-looking and graphically-rich games coming out for them, we can’t hope for anything better to happen. Let’s cross out fingers and hope Steam is indeed working on something.