Over 100 Lionsgate films coming to Steam0 Comments
Feature films are nothing new to gaming-focused digital distribution platforms. A few years ago, GOG added the option for indie films and documentaries (with some relation to gaming or geek culture) onto their storefront. More recently, Valve copied the move, but allowed just about any movie onto Steam. You may have seen these crop up from time to time on Steam's new release pages.
Last week, what appeared to be hundreds of movies suddenly flooded the service — all at once. This is the result of a new deal between Valve and Lionsgate, which has granted digital distribution rights to over 100 Lionsgate films so far. Some of the biggest titles include The Hunger Games series, The Twilight Saga, and Saw series. Of course, there are a good share of modern classics such as Reservoir Dogs and American Psycho in this initial batch of 70 titles.
Here's what Jim Packer, Lionsgate President of Worldwide Television & Digital Distribution, had to say about the deal:
"We're delighted to partner with Steam, a leader in the digital entertainment and gaming space, as part of our commitment to remain at the cutting edge of innovation in delivering content to online audiences around the world. With over 125 million users, Steam represents a unique, exciting and disruptive opportunity to expand our global distribution business."
Steam video offerings all work whether the user has a Windows, Mac, Linux, or SteamOS computer. They even run within SteamVR. Most films are priced at $3.99, though more recent releases cost $4.99 instead. Please note, however, that these are digital rentals. They must be watched within 30 days from purchase. Once initiated, they must be watched within 48 hours. With all this in mind, most gamers will likely stick with Netflix or Amazon Prime for their movie-watching.