Valve is expanding its Steam library in a somewhat-expected direction: as of next month the popular game distribution platform will offer non-game software.

The software will range from creativity to productivity applications according to Valve.

Non-gaming titles will take advantage of Steamworks features such as automatic updating and the ability to save work to the Steam Cloud.

"The 40 million gamers frequenting Steam are interested in more than playing games," said Mark Richardson at Valve.

"They have told us they would like to have more of their software on Steam, so this expansion is in response to those customer requests."

Valve’s new software service will launch on September 5, and the company has invited developers to submit titles they wish to have considered for inclusion on the service via Steam Greenlight.