Steam is a digital distribution platform developed by Valve Corporation, first released in 2003. It offers digital rights management (DRM), multiplayer gaming, and social networking services. Steam provides over 2,000 games available to purchase, download, and play from a centralized platform. As of September 2018, it had approximately 150 million registered users. The company initially launched as a way to provide Half-Life 2 updates and downloads for its users. It grew in popularity and eventually became its own entity, offering new games, features, and functionality. In 2006, Valve Corporation released the Steamworks SDK, which enabled developers to create games for Steam using its tools. This led to the release of many popular titles, including Left 4 Dead and Portal 2. Steam has come a long way since its initial release in 2003. It now has over 150 million registered users and offers thousands of games to choose from. The platform is stable and easy to use, making it a favorite among gamers everywhere.

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