Valve announced and launched their first ever mobile phone app today, "Steam Mobile". It allows Steam users to browse industry news, purchase games to play later on their PCs, chat with friends, and more. It's in beta, so it's likely to see improvements over time, and it's totally free. You can get it now for iOS and Android devices.

"Mobile is changing the 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," lovable Valve CEO Gabe Newell said in a press release.

Regardless of where they put Steam, Valve's stance on portable gaming has been notably negative, historically speaking. This may signal a shift in their view on the mobile platform; then again, it might not, as they'd have to put considerable resources in to make Steam Mobile a challenger to Apple's well-established Game Center.

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