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The software provides a freely available application programming interface (API) called Steamworks, which developers can use to integrate many of Steam's functions into their products, including networking, matchmaking, in-game achievements, micro-transactions, and support for user-created content through Steam Workshop.
Though initially developed for use on Microsoft Windows operating systems, versions for OS X and Linux were later released.
Users can access their saved games and achievements providing the main owner is not playing.
When the main player initiates a game while a shared account is using it, the shared account user is allowed a few minutes to either save their progress and close the game or purchase the game for his or her own account.
and Valve announced that Steam had become profitable because of some highly successful Valve games.
Although digital distribution could not yet match retail volume, profit margins for Valve and developers were far larger on Steam.
Mobile apps with connected functionality with the main software were later released for i OS, Android, and Windows Phone devices in the 2010s.
Through user polls at the time of its announcement in 2002, Valve also recognized that at least 75% of their users had access to high-speed Internet connections, which would only grow with planned Internet expansion in the following years, and recognized that they could deliver game content faster to players than through retail channels.The success of the Steam platform has led to the development of a line of Steam Machine micro-consoles, as well as the Steam OS operating system.Before implementing Steam, Valve Corporation had problems updating its online games, such as Counter-Strike; providing patches would result in most of the online user base disconnecting for several days.Valve's Half-Life 2 was the first game to require installation of the Steam client to play, even for retail copies.This decision was met with concerns about software ownership, software requirements, and issues with overloaded servers demonstrated previously by the Counter-Strike rollout.