Valve is getting rid of Steam’s non-gaming video service because you probably didn’t know it existed

    
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Let the wrong ones in.

Sorry, Steam fans, but the platform’s non-gaming video section is being retired. Yes, you will no longer be able to buy hit movies like John Wick, The Hunger Games, or Mad Max: Fury Road on the platform. And if your response to this news is “wait, that was an option?” then you probably can understand exactly why this is being shut down.

For the record, this service has been present in Steam for several years, allowing users to purchase a variety of well-known films and series for rewatching via Steam. It was never very popular, however (it’s hard to convince people to use Steam for this when Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and YouTube already exist), and Valve has announced that it’s shuttering this section of Steam as part of a refocusing effort. Those who already own films or series will still be able to view them, but no new purchases will be available.

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Crowe

I got the Con Man series (Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk) on it because I couldn’t get it another way without getting yet another streaming service at the time. I still would have been happier for DVD purchasing though.

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Mewmew

I definitely knew this existed. There was a time when you went to search for new releases and had to go in and specifically filter out the movies or you’d be stuck skipping past them all on your search for games. It was more of an annoyance than anything else.

My movies already all exist elsewhere and I didn’t want to have to put Steam clients on everything to watch new ones, I’d just continue to buy them where I already had in the past.

Honestly I don’t know what was up with this, Steam trying to move into a fairly crowded market trying to be everything in one place rather than do one thing well. I will continue to buy games on Steam and will pick Steam over other gaming services when I have the choice (I just have too big of a library there and it’s ultra convenient to have them all in mostly one place), but I had zero interest in buying movies through them. Good riddance :D

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IronSalamander8 .

Ok yeah, I had no idea this existed and I buy a lot on Steam! I fully see why it’s being removed! XD

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Pandalulz

Only reason I knew about it was because a search for Wakfu brings up all the animation and movies as well.

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Daniel Miller

I knew of it,and it had its uses. I travel worldwide often. So even with a vpn many things like netfix are restricted.

Hence stesm coukd stream worldwide. But the stire shows rent fir 30 days vs buy often. Why rent, hence i think its confusing and a hastle.

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Grave Knight

I mean…I knew it existed, I just kind of forgot about it too.

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Sorenthaz

I knew of it and they certainly tried to advertise it but I never found the point in it. I barely watch movies on my own as-is so the only time I ever thought about it was when there was a John Wick bundle. But I have other methods of viewing it with Amazon Prime or other venues.

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Random MMO fan

Valve should get back into making games again… They can’t compete with services like Amazon, VUDU, Netflix and others in terms of video content and they can lose a huge amount of money if more game publishers will start developing their own game distribution services with better prices and more exclusive deals. Sure they still have old games like DotA2 and CS:GO which are still popular, but they won’t stay this way forever.

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Bruno Brito

I didn’t knew, and i’m highly sure i don’t care yet.

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Fervor Bliss

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