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Valve spruces up the Steam store with better social features, networking, and reach

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Valve’s Steam digital game store has new competition for developers from the rival Epic Games Store, and so the company is upgrading its features to make Steam more attractive.

It is adding, for instance, indicators that show if a friend is playing a particular game in a gamer’s Steam Library.

At the Game Developers Conference, Valve’s Tom Giardino and a few colleagues are giving a talk about Steam’s goodness in the face of Epic Games’ aggressive push to give developers more help, such as charging developers a fee of only 12 percent of game proceeds compared to Steam’s 30 percent take.

Valve also wants developers to have low friction access to powerful tools and the freedom to manage their games on Steam directly, Giardino said.

And he said that Valve constantly reinvests to grow the addressable market for developers, with the goal of making markets bigger and more efficient.

Last week, Steam announced that Steam Link Anywhere will now let you stream games from your PC to phones, tablets, and TVs anywhere you have a good connection.

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