Valve Unveils Edutainment Platform "Steam for Schools"

Valve Unveils Edutainment Platform "Steam for Schools"

Valve unveiled their Portal 2-driven edutainment software platform, "Steam for Schools", at the Games for Change festival in New York today. The program is a actually a restricted version of the Steam platform, which comes with Portal 2, the Portal level editor, and a workshop for hosting and organizing student-made levels.

Teachers will get administrative access, meaning that teacher will have to decide what levels to host. Valve says they hope to make a more-open version of the platform eventually.

"Steam for Schools" will be free for educators, both in beta and in the final product, with Valve funding the project completely without partners or outside funding. Valve is currently the only company making software for the platform, though they've initiated talks with other publishers about contributing to it.

Registration for the "Steam for Schools" beta begins this Summer.

[Via Joystiq]

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