Steam, the popular digital gaming distributor, finally launched for Mac systems on Wednesday, May 12, and Valve reports that the launch was a huge success. Steam will add several collections of Mac titles to its repertoire every Wednesday for the next few weeks. Valve also introduced what it dubbed “Steam Play,” which allows customers who purchase games on Steam to play on all Steam supported platforms on any computer.
This week, Steam offers a dozen titles in its line of cross-platform multiplayer games. These titles include the zombie-killing co-op title Killing Floor, Altitude, and Madballs in Babo: Invasion.
“We were thrilled when we learned that Steam was coming to the Mac platform and started working on a native Mac version of Killing Floor immediately,” said John Gibson, President of Tripwire Interactive, creators of Killing Floor. “Steam’s advanced multiplayer support on both the PC and Mac has enabled us to bring Killing Floor to a whole new audience on the Mac and introduce them to the existing PC player community.”
Portal, Valve’s own FPS action/puzzle title, is included as a free download to celebrate the launch of Steam on the Mac. Available for both PC and Mac systems until May 24th, Steam is happy to report that there have been 1.5 million downloads since the promotion kicked off last week.
Valve also reports that, within only on week of launching, eleven percent of all Steam purchases are for Mac systems. Pretty impressive numbers.