Steam Welcomes Hunger Games, 'Over 100' Lionsgate Films for 'Rental'

By Published April 25, 2016 at 1:37 pm

It's an interesting world where global video game industry revenue out-grosses that of the incumbent movie and music entertainment industries. In an unprecedented cross-over, Valve today announced its partnership with Lionsgate (NYSE: LGFO) to bring “more than 100 movies” to Steam. Among the selection is the Hunger Games series, Ender's Game, and the Saw series. From our first look, we're only seeing 70 total films – but there are supposedly at least 31 more on the way.

This move coincides with other horizontal expansions made by Valve, including supporting software solutions and music. Of its partnership with film giant Lionsgate, Valve reminded readers that Steam video is supported on all platforms, “including Windows, Mac, Linux, SteamOS, and in virtual reality via SteamVR.”

The films are priced on average at about $4, with a few at $5. For price comparison, we checked Amazon and found that the first The Hunger Games is priced at $4 for 30-day 'rental' or $15 for purchase. Some movies are also provided free with Prime. Steam sells the same movie at $4 – the same as Amazon's 30-day rental – but only offers it as a 48-hour rental.

Not terrible if you're tied at the hip to Steam, but Amazon's got that particular deal beat just in the window for watching.

Granted, our editorial team strongly disagrees with the idea of “renting” any kind of digitally distributed streaming video – but that's another topic.

- Steve “Lelldorianx” Burke.

Steve Burke

Steve started GamersNexus back when it was just a cool name, and now it's grown into an expansive website with an overwhelming amount of features. He recalls his first difficult decision with GN's direction: "I didn't know whether or not I wanted 'Gamers' to have a possessive apostrophe -- I mean, grammatically it should, but I didn't like it in the name. It was ugly. I also had people who were typing apostrophes into the address bar - sigh. It made sense to just leave it as 'Gamers.'"

First world problems, Steve. First world problems.

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