Steam has long been the main digital service for PC gaming. The service boasts over 125 million active users. While it’s dabbled in a few gaming-related short films, it has remained focused on providing PC games.
Enter Lionsgate. The entertainment company is best known for its string of Young Adult blockbusters Divergent, The Hunger Games, and The Twilight Saga. Lionsgate and Valve have entered a partnership allowing Steam users to stream over 100 Lionsgate films.
“We’re delighted to partner with Steam,” said Lionsgate President Jim Packer. “Steam represents a unique, exciting opportunity to expand our global distribution business.”
Not to be outdone by this fawning, Valve head of marketing Doug Lombardi responded. “[Lionsgate] films are engaging audiences and fostering rich communities around the world. They reflect the kind of high-quality entertainment that we expect to drive the continued expansion of our content offering.”
Browsing these films is the exact same as Steam’s vast games library. You can view pictures, trailers, and add movies to your wishlist. User-defined tags help search for related films, or games. Any platform that supports steam, from Windows to SteamOS, are able to view videos. Videos will even be viewable in virtual reality via SteamVR. Miramax films are also available via Steam, including most of Quentin Tarantino’s catalog.
Most rentals cost $3.99. Newer releases such as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 are priced at $4.99. They provide 48 hours of movie watching within a 30 day time period. Click here for a full list of currently available titles. Note that rentals are not eligible for a refund. Additional titles are expected to be added later.