Wallet-killer: Valve announces Steam Mobile App

Steam is coming to mobile phones. No, you won’t be able to play Half-Life 2 on your smartphone (yet), but you can chat with your friends, browse profiles, check out screenshots, visit user-generated content, read the latest news, and – most frightening of all – indulge in all of the latest massive Steam sales, regardless of where you are.

Steam Mobile - Portal 2

Not quite playable in your pocket just yet

Gabe Newell, co-founder and president of Valve explains the move came from “direct requests” from you!

Seeing which of your friends are online and playing a game, sending quick messages, looking at screenshots for an upcoming game, or catching a sale – these are all features customers have requested. Mobile is changing way people interact, play games and consume media, and the Steam app is part of our commitment to meet customer demands and expand the service functionality of Steam to make it richer and more accessible for everyone.

The app itself is in development for both Android devices and iOS, and is available now for a handful of Closed Beta testers. As the service ramps up (and demand grows), more people will be added.

All you have to do to register your interest in the Beta is grab the app and log in with your Steam account. It’s that easy. That’s why this is scary.

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