Valve Steam Hits the Mac on May 12

Valve’s Steam for Mac OS X gaming platform will roll out for Mac OS X on May 12. Valve Steam includes a long list of popular games such as Left 4 Dead 2, Counter Strike, Mac Payne and Half Life.

The service hosts over 1,100 games and includes more than 25 million players around the world.

Now that Steam will be available to Mac users as well as Windows users, Valve will release updates for both platforms at the same time.

“Updates for the Mac will be available simultaneously with the Windows updates. Furthermore, Mac and Windows players will be part of the same multiplayer universe, sharing servers, lobbies, and so forth,” said Valve’s director of business development, Jason Holtman. “We fully support a heterogeneous mix of servers and clients. The first Mac Steam client will be the new generation currently in beta testing on Windows.”

While Steam will be available for the Mac next month, it won’t be available for all Mac users. The gaming platform requires an Intel-based Mac running Snow Leopard, or Mac OS X 10.6. For some Mac gamers that haven’t upgraded to Snow Leopard yet, that might be just the incentive they need.