Steam has seen exponential growth in the past couple of years, but how will this platform improve in 2019?
Steam is a digital goods distribution platform, but it is also an online gathering place. That’s why many things regarding communication and communities got changed. Why? Well, people tend to be toxic when arguing with other players, especially if an argument gets heated enough. That’s why Valve implemented more moderation tools and even put together a full-time moderation team to stop game forums from producing toxic behavior.
That’s one of the ways that Valve’s digital distributon platform has improved over the year, and it will continue to improve, as we can already tweak what content we see (some people don’ want to look at explicit content such as nude character models and so on).
One of the biggest changes that are coming to this platform is tied to the way we discover games on the Steam Store. A new recommendation engine that will be powered by machine-learning will help you locate games that are similar to the ones you play. So, if you like RPGs, the engine will show you games like Skyrim, Divinity 2, Vampyr, and others of that genre.
Various new broadcasting and curating features are being worked on so that players can watch their favorite games right on the Steam Store page, or check out videos connected to that game. A lot of work is also being put into the Steam Library and Steam TV.
This platform is obviously going to go through a lot of changes in 2019, and we are excited to see how they will affect us as the customers.