Steam, the video game platform and gaming community, recently launched Next Fest, a multi-day streaming event that showcases upcoming games.
The fest features free playable demos, allowing players to try out upcoming games before they’re officially released.
Fans have the opportunity to chat with game developers, enhancing community interaction and providing direct feedback.
The event includes developer live streams, chats, and interviews, where attendees can learn more about the games and the stories behind them.
Steam Next Fest offers a platform for game developers to showcase their unreleased titles, helping them to start building an audience and receive early feedback.
Developers can register their games for participation in the fest, giving them a chance to be a part of the festivities.
Valve Software, the developers of the Steam platform, was founded in 1996 by two former Microsoft executives, Gabe Newell and Mike Harrington.
The company’s first game Half-Life was a huge success both critically and commercially.
In 2003, the company was seeking a better way to distribute software and updates and created Steam, an on-line game platform.
Steam added a free API called Steamworks in 2008 which allowed game producers to link Steam functions directly in their games which led many developers to begin to use the platform to distribute their games.
By 2013, the Steam platform owned 75% of the PC game distribution market with billions of game purchases made directly from the service.
The Steam team selects 20 to 30 games for each Next Fest and enables game developers seeking to test new games to get instant feedback from millions of users in real-time.