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We're All Screwed: Steam Has a Mobile App Now [UPDATED]

The ability to buy games on Steam will now follow you wherever you go. You cannot escape.

UPDATE: I just realized I completely forgot to mention that the only people who can access this right now are part of a closed beta. From the press release:

Those who wish to join the beta just need to download the Steam app (free of charge) and log in to their Steam account via the mobile app to express interest in the beta. Gamers will be added to the Closed Beta as the service ramps up.

So, hey, do that.

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There was a time when PC gamers were regrettably unable to just buy a new game on Valve Corporation's Steam service unless they were actually in front of an actual computer. That time is now over.

Valve today announced the Steam mobile app for iOS and Android platforms, a free-to-download program designed to let the Steam power user check their friends list, chat with said friends, and yes, buy new games pretty much any time it tickles their fancy.

This means that never again shall you be forced to miss out on one of Steam's many, many, many sales because you happened to be walking around out in the larger world, and not handcuffed to your computer for the duration. In effect, downloading this app ensures that you will never, ever be able to escape the opportunity to buy games on Steam.

You didn't really like having money anyway, right?

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Posted by Alex

UPDATE: I just realized I completely forgot to mention that the only people who can access this right now are part of a closed beta. From the press release:

Those who wish to join the beta just need to download the Steam app (free of charge) and log in to their Steam account via the mobile app to express interest in the beta. Gamers will be added to the Closed Beta as the service ramps up.

So, hey, do that.

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There was a time when PC gamers were regrettably unable to just buy a new game on Valve Corporation's Steam service unless they were actually in front of an actual computer. That time is now over.

Valve today announced the Steam mobile app for iOS and Android platforms, a free-to-download program designed to let the Steam power user check their friends list, chat with said friends, and yes, buy new games pretty much any time it tickles their fancy.

This means that never again shall you be forced to miss out on one of Steam's many, many, many sales because you happened to be walking around out in the larger world, and not handcuffed to your computer for the duration. In effect, downloading this app ensures that you will never, ever be able to escape the opportunity to buy games on Steam.

You didn't really like having money anyway, right?

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Posted by The_Nubster

I need this app now. I hate money.

Posted by 49th

Wow, this is magic, I was just trying to check steam today on my phone and thinking about how cumbersome it was.

Posted by Beb

My wallet :(

Posted by BabyChooChoo

The beginning of the end of the world is here.

Edited by Agent_Eli

Once they make steam to work with my TV and a wireless 360 controller, all aspects of my life are screwed.

Posted by Rautapalli

Buying games on mobiles was actually possible before, I've done it a couple of times with my iPhone. But this will definitely make it easier.

Posted by Landon

I think it's kind of weird that they just now got around to having an app.

Posted by mrwolf710

You have to be in the beta to use the app. They should mention that.

Edited by Codeacious

FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF.

I'm installing this as soon as it comes out. HOW COULD BUYING THINGS BE SO ENTICING

Edit: Oh, it's ALREADY out. Well shit, there goes any hope I had of paying attention in lecture anymore.

Edit2: Welp, it's a closed beta on Android. Oh well, guess I'll wait.

Posted by darkjester74

Beta app right now you guys, doesnt work unless you have a beta key.

Posted by Vexxan

Goodbye money!

Posted by Swabbleflange

Another way to circumvent paying for texts! I'm all for this.

Posted by Crono

Steam still hasn't announced their direct deposit functionality yet whereby your paycheck is automatically deposited into your steam account. C'mon, Valve, quit slacking!

Posted by mracoon

Damn you, Valve!

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Posted by Hot_Karl

I can't log into the app because it's a beta on Android apparently. Confuddled.

Posted by Dante_the_Jedi

Well I did not like having all this money anyway...god damn it Valve

Posted by Sweep

FINALLY.

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Posted by Mackinder

No love for Windows Phone 7. :(

Posted by buhssuht

is there no place for my wallet to be safe?

Posted by clstirens

Apparently requires a beta key to access, but I'm excited to have steam chat anywhere I go.

Posted by Icicle7x3

Where did my money go?

Posted by JeanLuc
@darkjester74

Beta app right now you guys, doesnt work unless you have a beta key.

Awe man, any idea when its fully released?
Posted by Peewi

You've always been able to buy from anything with a web browser. This will make it more convenient, though.

Posted by GreggD

Meh.

Posted by Galiant

I missed this during a few of the sales. Now I will never miss a deal again!

Posted by nick_verissimo

Jokes on you Valve! I have a Windows Phone 7!...wait?!

Posted by wewantsthering

What about a Windows Phone app? ;-)

Posted by Ace829

I signed up for the beta. I hope I get in very soon.

Posted by Mesoian

And then steam sold mobile iOS and android games. 
 
And then mobile gaming got slightly more valid.

Posted by Ravenlight

If only they made a phone to go along with it...

Posted by Joker369

My wallet is angry.

Posted by emem

Why?

Posted by Encephalon

FUUUUUUUUU~

Posted by BoringK

  

Posted by BoG

Money is the root of all evil. Therefore, if I want to rid my life of the weeds of evil, I must pull them out at the root. The root is money. So, I must get rid of all my money. On steam.

Can I still be a moderator if I'm not evil?

Posted by StitchJones

@The_Nubster: Amen to that!

Posted by ShaggE

This is how Valve plans to invade the market so that they can release Half Life 3 as a mobile game. That's published by Zynga.

Sweet dreams, fellow gamers... *evil laugh*

Posted by sixpin

Steam Mobile will ruin my checking account. In other news, I just bought S.P.A.Z. on Steam for $4.

Posted by Landon

@BoG said:

Money is the root of all evil. Therefore, if I want to rid my life of the weeds of evil, I must pull them out at the root. The root is money. So, I must get rid of all my money. On steam.

Can I still be a moderator if I'm not evil?

The love of money is the root of all evil, not money itself. Otherwise Batman would be the worlds greatest villian.

Posted by Qwertywasd

Won't somebody think of the children? :(

Posted by ichthy

Please stop Valve. You've already sucked me dry.

Posted by DarthB

Any word of if a WP7 app is in the works?

Posted by MeatSim

It's a good thing that I don't have a smart phone.

Posted by Video_Game_King

I don't know what about the picture confuses me more: Giant Bomb's implementation of transparencies, or how the people chatting greet each other in foreign languages before dropping that shit to talk about Skyrim in English.

Posted by Tim_the_Corsair

MY FIGHT MONEYYYYYYYYYY!

Posted by Goldanas

It was a pain in the butt to get the Android download, but I was able to get the direct link here:

http://store.steampowered.com/mobile

Sent it to my phone, typed in my credentials and then it printed a message that they've made a note of my account and will send out a beta invite when they have more.

Posted by Sergio

Are they launching a browser for the purchases or doing anything else to avoid the draconian, in-app purchase schemes of iTunes?

Posted by fuchikoma

I can already buy games on my phone, but I guess this will be good for people who don't like being able to play their games without signing in first.

Posted by csl316

Meh, I hate money anyway.

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