Steam for Mac now open for business

Valve is now the Mac daddy
Valve is now the Mac daddy

Valve has finally made Steam for Mac official, with the platform already primed with a number of downloadable titles.

In an announcement, Valve said that Portal will be its first title available on the platform, noting: "The first collection of Mac titles will demonstrate 'Steam Play,' which allows customers to purchase a game once and play it on all Steam supported platforms."

Blowing off steam

"Portal, in addition to supporting Steam Play, will be the first of Valve's Source engine based games available on the Mac.

"Native OS/X support for the Source engine is also available immediately to licensees for use in their games."

Speaking about the launch of Steam for Mac, Max Schaefer, co-founder of Runic Games, said: "We're very excited to be bringing [the game] Torchlight to the Mac.

"Having Steam for the Mac solves so many problems for us as a developer. We look forward to our future games coming out on the Mac as well."

Dev tools

To go alongside the gaming platform, Valve is also introducing its Steamworks suite of publishing and development tools to Mac game devs.

"These include product key authentication, copy protection, auto-updating, social networking, matchmaking, anti-cheat technology, and more," states the release.

"The features and services available in Steamworks are offered free of charge and may be used for both electronic and tangible versions of games."

An update of games is to come each Wednesday for the platform, with "each designed to highlight specific functionalities of Steam on the Mac".

In short, Mac users have finally got the games platform their computers sorely need.

Marc Chacksfield

Marc Chacksfield is the Editor In Chief, at DC Thomson. He started out life as a movie writer for numerous (now defunct) magazines and soon found himself online - editing a gaggle of gadget sites, including TechRadar, Digital Camera World and Tom's Guide UK. At Shortlist you'll find him mostly writing about movies and tech, so no change there then.