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Steamworks adopts new anti-piracy tools

Developers can now offer consumers unlimited installs of games through the free toolset

Valve has unveiled a new set of advanced features for its free publishing and development toolset, Steamworks.

The update includes "Custom Executable Generation technology", which is aimed at bolstering the existing anti-piracy solutions offered in Steamworks. CEG makes unique copies of games for each user allowing consumers to access the application from multiple machines without install limits.

Steamworks will also support in-game downloadable content, whereby developers can deliver new content from inside a title. Also included in the update will be the lobby system shipped and tested in Left 4 Dead.

"Delivering this extension of services on Steamworks' first anniversary, demonstrates our commitment to continually develop the platform to better serve the community working with these tools," said Gabe Newell, president and co-founder of Valve.

"As we roll out these features, we continue to look for new ways make PC games easier to create and better for customers to experience."

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James Lee