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Valve is getting back to focusing on gaming, with non-gaming videos being retired

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A move that isn't entirely surprising due to how limited it was, Valve is moving back to focus on gaming more than anything else with non-gaming videos being retired.

From the news post:

For the past few years, we have worked on expanding Steam beyond games and software by building a video platform that supports paid and free video content. In reviewing what Steam users actually watch, it became clear we should focus our effort on offering content that is either directly related to gaming or, is accessory content for games or software sold on Steam.

As part of this refocus, we have retired the Video section of the Steam Store menu with an expectation that video content is discovered via the associated game or software store page, or through search, user tags, recommendations, etc.

Over the coming weeks a number of non-gaming videos will be retired and will no longer be available for purchase. Previously purchased content will remain available to owners.

Why is it not surprising? Well, it makes sense for multiple reasons. Did you ever buy and watch any movies (or other non-gaming videos) on Steam? I didn't, it's far easier to use a different service like Netflix, Google Play or practically any other where you could watch your content across pretty much any device and browser.

On top of that, Valve's bread and butter is gaming and since they now have more competition actually focusing on that is obvious at this point.

The dedicated Videos link on Steam has already been removed.

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pb 21 February 2019 at 11:17 am UTC
Salvatosevery rental streaming service I've found seemed to not be Linux-compatible, be subscription-based, be more expensive than actually buying a physical medium or belong to Google and the likes.

Yeah, the ability to keep the movie is another thing that encouraged me to buy at Steam. I don't want any more subscriptions than I have and I don't like the idea of VOD where I pay half the price of a dvd for watching the movie once or twice before it's gone. I'm not a big fan of discs either, with them cluttering my shelves or the basement.

By the way, a recent study showed that the growth of different subscription services is driving users back to piracy, because every new platform aims to have its own exclusives and people refuse to pay for more than two subs. Valve might be missing a good niche with their decision, but maybe publishers weren't much interested in Valve's model of distribution and that's the real reason.
dubigrasu 21 February 2019 at 12:00 pm UTC
pbBy the way, a recent study showed that the growth of different subscription services is driving users back to piracy, because every new platform aims to have its own exclusives and people refuse to pay for more than two subs.
Huh, this is a good point.
I have Netflix and for a while I had also Hulu and some others, but the content was somewhat overlapping so got rid of them (except Netflix yes)
Nevertheless, I was missing out certain shows and eventually resorted to Stremio, it has Linux support and works pretty good.
My main movie/TV shows resource is still Netflix, for which I pay gladly, but heck, occasionally I do step into the dark side.
Nanobang 21 February 2019 at 2:14 pm UTC
I've always been so disgusted by how poorly videos perform on Steam's Store pages that I wasn't about to pay to watch anything from them, which is a pity because there are a few indie joints that have always intrigued me. (It only occurs to me now that I could test their technology with a free movie like Kung Fury.)

But yeah, dump that shiz. Dump music too, as far as I'm concerned. It's one thing for a locked down system like a console to offer ways to play vids and tunes, but we're on PCs and it's trivial to fire up a playlist in VLC and play games at the same time. Take whatever man-hours and money being spent on videos and music and put them into something useful to gamers---like Proton!


Last edited by Nanobang at 21 February 2019 at 2:16 pm UTC
massatt212 21 February 2019 at 6:37 pm UTC
i know this is not for here
but proton keeps updating and redownloading my game, if i verify them they gonna redownload an entire 50gb which i cannot take atm
can some one help me
elbuglione 21 February 2019 at 7:09 pm UTC
VOLVO... Stop the crap.
Just Focus on HL3.

SONY wants to Destroy Steam.
Ardje 24 February 2019 at 1:21 am UTC
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I did buy a few series. I am waiting for their player to make it easy to see what you have watched, and what is the next episode. Currently I can't, so the series are collecting dust.
Currently all I can see is 20 times the same icon, and the beginning of the series title. So yeah, 20 times the same. Actually more times the same. No grouping or other obvious things.
If the library was not such a joke I would have bought a lot of series a long time ago.
Aeder 28 February 2019 at 12:51 am UTC
wleoncioFinally! I want my videogame app to play videogames (though I wouldn't mind a music app to play music in the background of some games). Back in the year 5 B.S. (before Steam for Linux), I started resenting my Xbox 360 because Microsoft suddenly decided their console should become an "entertainment center". I am glad Valve decided to turn back on that very same idea before it was too late.

Steam already has a music player

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wleoncio 28 February 2019 at 5:34 pm UTC
AederSteam already has a music player

Yeah, but does that work for streaming? I can't remember the last time my HD saw an mp3 file...
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