Steam is a content delivery, digital rights management, multiplayer and communications service and platform developed by Valve Corporation for digital entertainment. It is currently used to digitally distribute and manage games including Half-Life
, Half-Life 2
and Counter-Strike: Source
Steam also replaces WON, the original authentication framework for Half-Life multiplayer games and a number of other now largely or entirely defunct titles.
Steam offers more than games; content downloadable from Steam includes popular tools like Half Life Model Viewer and Hammer World Editor, a map editing tool.
Steam has over eleven million active accounts and that number is constantly growing, with new user accounts being created daily.