With more competition than ever before, Valve continues to work on Steam. The Epic Games Store with its free games every two weeks for a year, as well as more and more features, means that Steam can’t just stagnate, it has to improve. One thing about Steam that I, for one, don’t really like is how cluttered it feels at times. Well, Valve seems to be doing some belated Spring cleaning, as they have removed a Steam feature that wasn’t all that useful.
For those of you who didn’t know (I don’t blame you), you can purchase non-gaming related videos, for example, films such as John Wick, on Steam. With all the streaming services out there, this Steam feature really didn’t take off and felt a bit pointless. I’m sorry to say that for both of the Steam users who actually purchased movies on Steam.
Over the next few weeks, Valve will be removing this video content, but those who have purchased some of this content will still be able to access it. Valve is also removing the video section from the Steam Store menu. In a post on Steam, Valve explains this move, stating that:
For the past few years, we have worked on expanding Steam beyond games and software by building a video platform that supports paid and free video content. In reviewing what Steam users actually watch, it became clear we should focus our effort on offering content that is either directly related to gaming or, is accessory content for games or software sold on Steam.
As part of this refocus, we have retired the Video section of the Steam Store menu with an expectation that video content is discovered via the associated game or software store page, or through search, user tags, recommendations, etc.
Over the coming weeks a number of non-gaming videos will be retired and will no longer be available for purchase. Previously purchased content will remain available to owners.
This is a great move if you ask me, as Valve wants to focus more on gaming content and leave this whole non-gaming related stuff behind.
What do you think about Valve removing this Steam feature and have you ever used Steam for anything non-gaming related? Let us know in the comment section below.