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In September 2013, Steam introduced the ability to share most games with family members and close friends by authorizing machines to access one's library.
Authorized players can install the game locally and play it separately from the owning account.
The software provides a freely available application programming interface (API) called Steamworks, which developers can use to integrate many of Steam's functions into their products, including networking, matchmaking, in-game achievements, micro-transactions, and support for user-created content through Steam Workshop.
Though initially developed for use on Microsoft Windows operating systems, versions for OS X and Linux were later released.
Users can access their saved games and achievements providing the main owner is not playing.
When the main player initiates a game while a shared account is using it, the shared account user is allowed a few minutes to either save their progress and close the game or purchase the game for his or her own account.
Once the software is downloaded and installed, the user must then authenticate through Steam to de-encrypt the executable files to play the game.
This decision was met with concerns about software ownership, software requirements, and issues with overloaded servers demonstrated previously by the Counter-Strike rollout.Around that time, Valve began negotiating contracts with several publishers and independent developers to release their products, including Rag Doll Kung Fu and Darwinia, on Steam.Canadian publisher Strategy First announced in December 2005 that it would partner with Valve for digital distribution of current and future titles.Since 2007, Valve has continued to expand Steam's functionality and services for consumers and developers.Steam's primary service is to allow its users to download games and other software that they have in their virtual software libraries to their local computers as game cache files (GCFs).