Xbox Gets New Microsoft Store
Jacob Blazewicz, yesterday, 15:16
Refreshed Microsoft Store finally appeared on the Xbox One console. The new interface accelerates and streamlines store operations, and introduces a handful of new features (including those associated with Xbox Series X and S).
Fall Guys is the Biggest Digital PC Debut Since Overwatch
Jacob Blazewicz, 23 September 2020, 21:49
SuperData analytics group summarized the global digital distribution in August. The industry has had a very successful month, but the biggest winner was the debuting Fall Guys, which outclassed all competition on PC.
EA Desktop Beta Registration Goes Live
Milosz Szubert, 16 September 2020, 19:09
The beta tests of EA Desktop, the application aimed at becoming the successor of Origin, have started. Currently, all owners of EA accounts can take part in them.
EA Announces the End of Origin
Sodar, 15 September 2020, 13:02
Electronic Arts is changing the name of its platform, which was a competition for Steam. It will no longer be called Origin, instead the app will simply be named EA.
How Much Would It Cost to Buy Everything on Steam?
Milosz Szubert, 14 September 2020, 14:10
There is a site that enables us to check how much we would need to spend to buy all the games available on Steam. Currently, the amount is just over $537,000 (nearly $522,000 if discounts are included).
Augmented Steam Plugin Offers Enhanced Steam Experience
Jacob Blazewicz, 10 September 2020, 17:12
Steam with advanced filters and information about price changes, player activity, DRM, etc.? No, this is not a new update from Valve, but the Augmented Steam plugin. The expansion for Chrome and Firefox makes browsing Steam's catalogue much easier.
Apple Countersues Epic as the Battle for 30% Profit Cut Continues
Milosz Szubert, 09 September 2020, 15:47
In response to Epic Games' accusations, Apple has filed its own lawsuit, in which it accuses Tim Sweeney's company of breach of contract. The company demands compensation.
Fortnite's Losses on iOS; Epic Demands the Game be Returned to App Store
Jacob Blazewicz, 06 September 2020, 18:23
The removal of Fortnite from App Store and Google Play remains unresolved. However, Epic Games has filed a court order to put pressure on Apple to restore access to the popular battle royale on iOS devices. Reason: Epic Games' „irreparable damage” and a significant decline in the number of players.
Fortnite Pulled From Apple and Google Stores; Epic Goes to War
Bart Swiatek, 14 August 2020, 11:36
Apple and Google have removed the shooter Fortnite from their respective app stores. Epic Games has responded with actions against both entities. The reason for the commotion is the high, 30% revenue share on these digital distribution platforms, which Tim Sweeney does not accept.
Xbox 360 Hits Appeared in Microsoft Store
Paul Wozniak, 04 August 2020, 19:50
The hits originally released on Xbox 360 have returned to the Microsoft Store, allowing Xbox One console owners to purchase and play such titles as Battlefield 2: Modern Combat, Silent Hill: Downpour, DiRT 3 or Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. For the time being, it is not known whether these game will also be available on PC via Microsoft Store.
Xbox Will Get a New Microsoft Store - First Screenshots
Adrian Werner, 04 August 2020, 13:31
Were shown how the new version of Microsoft Store for Xbox consoles will look like. It is to be both prettier and faster, as well as more functional.
Steam - Cheap Shopping Via VPN Will be More Difficult
Sodar, 30 July 2020, 14:38
Steam has changed the payment system. From now on, purchases must be finalized by the local payment method. The move may be part of the fight against buying cheaper games from other regions through VPN.
Epic Games Store Adds First Achievements
Jacob Blazewicz, 30 July 2020, 12:16
Epic Games announced the launch of game achievements on Epic Games Store. This applies only to certain games, and the system will be further improved.
Steam Introduces Registration for Game Tests
Jacob Blazewicz, 27 July 2020, 22:20
Valve has quietly added the ability to register for game testing on Steam. The feature is apparently not yet widely available.
CEO of Epic Games: Digital Ownership Should be a Universal Notion
DS, 22 July 2020, 15:08
Tim Sweeney, owner of Epic Games, shared his thoughts on digital ownership on Twitter. According to him, they should be universal and accessible to all platforms and stores.
80% of Capcom's Game Sales are Digital
Adrian Werner, 10 July 2020, 14:20
Already 80% of games with Capcom's logo are purchased digitally. The publisher wants to improve this result, but does not intend to abandon boxes yet.
Satisfactory - Sales Results on Steam and Epic Games Store
Frozen, 04 July 2020, 22:43
A representative of Coffee Stain Studios revealed exactly how many people bought Satisfactory on Steam and how many on Epic Games store (where it was a temporary exclusive).
Free Games Work - Epic Games Store is Becoming Increasingly Popular
DS, 24 June 2020, 13:48
Minecraft Dungeons Becomes May's Biggest Debut
Adrian Werner, 23 June 2020, 11:22
Minecraft Dungeons proved to be the best digital debut of May. In addition, Epic Games Store's giveaways of GTA 5 and Civilization 6 were great successes, with both games recording not only a large increase in user numbers but also in revenue.
Microsoft Drops Adding Game Keys in Xbox Sets
Milosz Szubert, 08 June 2020, 18:22
Microsoft has made changes to the activation of digital versions of games added to its consoles. These will not be present in the form of a game key, but will automatically be assigned to the profile to which we first log in on our newly purchased device.
NFS Heat and Other EA Games Available on Steam; EA Access Coming Soon
Paul Wozniak, 04 June 2020, 19:09
Further EA games are available from today on Steam. The players can purchase Need for Speed: Heat or Crysis 3 on Valve. The EA Access subscription for Steam users is expected to be available soon.
Epic Games Store's Share in PC Game Market is Growing
Bart Swiatek, 02 June 2020, 10:35
Epic Games Store, a digital distribution platform launched by creators of Fortnite, is doing better and better. According to Tim Sweeney, EGS already controls about 15% of the PC game market. The developer also convinces that giving away free games brings measurable benefits not only to players but also developers.
Valve is Testing a Censored Chinese Version of Steam
Bart Swiatek, 25 May 2020, 15:18
Valve Software is working on a Chinese version of Steam - the program was announced in 2018 and recently received an alpha version. The application differs in several respects from the variant known from other regions of the world.
Record April For Digital Distribution and GTA Online
Adrian Werner, 24 May 2020, 17:13
Last month turned out to be a record month for microtransactions in Grand Theft Auto Online and for the entire digital market. We also learned the sales results of such games as Final Fantasy VII Remake, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered or Resident Evil 3 in electronic distribution.
G2A Will Pay Compensation to Devs of Factorio
DS, 21 May 2020, 14:12
The sales platform G2A has pledged to compensate Factorio's developers, paying almost $40,000 for illegally obtained game keys. This is a result of actions taken by G2A and Wube Software almost a year ago.
Rumors About Steam's Loyalty Program
Jacob Blazewicz, 11 May 2020, 22:58
Pavel Djundik from Steam Database reported of plans to introduce a loyalty program on Steam. This would translate into the possibility to exchange points to obtain virtual items, but also discounts in Valve's store.
Great Quarter for EA and Activision - Cash Flowed in Streams
Adrian Werner, 06 May 2020, 12:52
Financial reports of Activision and Electronic Arts have been published. Both made excellent profits, mainly from digital distribution, which accounts for the vast majority of revenues of both publishers.
Call of Duty Beaten - New Digital Sales Record for Consoles
Jacob Blazewicz, 23 April 2020, 12:32
The SuperData analytics group published a report on global digital distribution in March. Last month turned out to be exceptionally good for the market, with great results of Doom Eternal, Half-Life: Alyx and Animal Crossing. The latter production broke the first month's digital sales record for console titles, set by Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII.
Epic Games Gives Up; Fortnite Launches on Google Play
Jacob Blazewicz, 22 April 2020, 15:18
Fortnite finally launched on Google Play, after a year and a half of distribution beyond this platform. This concession by Epic Games is the result of Google's policy to significantly hinder independent distribution.
Epic Games Store Presents Spring Releases
Jacob Blazewicz, 23 March 2020, 23:38
Epic Games has presented the list of spring releases on Epic Games Store. This includes a handful of intriguing indies, the first story DLC for Control, and the PC edition of Samurai Shodown.
Gabe Newell Comments on Competition From Epic Game Store
Jacob Blazewicz, 21 March 2020, 17:50
Gabe „Gaben” Newell commented on Steam's competition with Epic Games Store. He said that competition in the digital stores is necessary and beneficial for all, but criticized Apple's style approach and its „faceless bureaucrats” managing App Store.
Full Version of Steam's Interactive Recommender Goes Live
Adrian Werner, 19 March 2020, 19:38
The full version of Interactive Recommender, i.e. an interactive advisor who analyses our preferences and recommends games that fit them, has launched on Steam. Over the last several months the project has been tested within Steam Labs.
Goat of Duty Available for Free
Christian Pieniazek, 17 March 2020, 20:56
For the next two weeks, Goat of Duty will be available for free. The game is a unique shooter, in which we're fighting a bloody battles in the vein of Quake III, only playing as... mutant goats.
30 days to Return Games on GOG.com; Company Updates Refund Policy
Michael Kulakowski, 26 February 2020, 22:09
GOG.com has updated its refund policy. From now on, customers of the platform will be able to get a refund for the game they've bought on the website up to 30 days after the purchase, regardless of the time they've spent playing.
Upgrade for Steam Search Engine Improves Price Filtering
Paul Wozniak, 26 February 2020, 16:01
The game search engine on Steam has experienced several improvements that have been tested as part of Steam Labs program. From now on, players can more easily choose the price range they are interested in, add or remove appropriate tags or search among games localized in their native language.
Steam Will Tell You Which Game You Should Play Next
Laty, 14 February 2020, 14:11
Steam will offer the players a selection of games that may appeal to them. Everything will be supervised by artificial intelligence, which, based on the completed games of the user, will select similar ones from among those in the library.
In 2019, Steam Intervened in 44 Cases of Review Bombing
Jacob Blazewicz, 07 February 2020, 16:57
Valve has published a summary of 2019 on Steam. In addition to data on the platform's popularity and new features, the company has also revealed how many times it was forced to intervene in connection with review-bombing.
Steam Launch Date of Metro Exodus Confirmed
Christian Pieniazek, 06 February 2020, 22:24
4A Games and Deep Silver confirmed when Metro Exodus will return to Steam. Epic Games' fierce opponents had to be patient for a whole year after the title was released.
Polish Man Faces Nearly 9,000 Charges For Selling Multiple Game Accounts Access
Milosz Szubert, 05 February 2020, 21:50
A 24-year-old inhabitant of Poland has received nearly 9 thousand charges of illegal distribution of games. His idea was to buy digital versions of the games and then resell access to the account to many people.
Steam Sets New Record of Active Users
Paul Wozniak, 03 February 2020, 13:04
A two-year-old record of active users on Steam was broken yesterday. SteamDB informed that currently the best result is about 18.8 million. Of this, however, only 5.8 million accounts were actually playing.
Epic Games Store Blamed for Drop in PC Gaming Spending
Adrian Werner, 27 January 2020, 10:37
Last year the Americans spent less on PC games than in 2018. According to analysts, one of the reasons for this was the increased competition in the digital distribution market caused by the aggressive expansion of Epic Games Store.
The Power of Steam in Numbers - SteamDB Analysis
Paul Wozniak, 25 January 2020, 22:24
The creators of SteamDB scanned the account IDs on Steam, so that we can, among other things, find out how many fully registered users are on the platform currently. The data also shows the number of currently active profiles or accounts opened in a specific year.
Epic Games Store Extends Game Giveaway Until End of 2020
Jacob Blazewicz, 14 January 2020, 21:50
Epic Games has boasted the results of its digital distribution platform. Epic Games Store has had a successful year thanks to, e.g. exclusive titles and games for free. The latter action will continue this year.
Rockstar's Official Explanation for GTA 4 Disappearance From Steam
Agnes Adamus, 13 January 2020, 23:03
We've learned the reason why GTA IV can no longer be bought on Steam. It turns out that the fact that the PC version of the game was created for the now-unsupported Games for Windows Live platform is to blame. Currently Rockstar Games is looking for a solution to this situation.
Fortnite Earned $1.8 Billion in 2019
Adrian Werner, 03 January 2020, 10:36
SuperData summarized the results of the digital game market for 2019. The best earning free-to-play production was Fortnite, which generated $1.8 billion in revenue. League of Legends has brought $1.5 billion.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order With Great Digital Sales
Konrad Serafinski, 21 December 2019, 20:47
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has scored the best console launch in history of the Star Wars franchise for digital sales, achieving more than double the result of Star Wars: Battlefront II. Red Dead Redemption 2 turned out to be a disappointment before its release on Steam. Such information is given in the report for November 2019 by the SuperData analytics company.
Open Beta of GOG Galaxy 2.0 Launches
Agnes Adamus, 09 December 2019, 22:40
Today, after almost half a year of closed beta-tests, GOG Galaxy 2.0 has been officially made available to everyone. Everyone interested can now download and test the latest version of the CD Projekt client.
Valve Doesn't Want Any Games About Hong Kong Protests on Steam?
Julia Dragovic, 08 December 2019, 22:43
Valve is delaying the release of games related to protests in Hong Kong. All of the titles are on the pro-democratic side of the conflict. And if you don't what something is about... it's about China, in other words, money. Blitzchung, Hearthstone player recently suspended by Blizzard, also appears in the affair.
Nominations for Steam Awards 2019 Begin
Michael Kulakowski, 26 November 2019, 23:59
At the start of the Autumn Sale, Steam has announced the start of the collection of nominations for the Steam Awards 2019, which will be awarded in eight different categories. This year, the website will provide developers with new tools that will enable them to encourage players to vote for their works.
Around 1,000 Games Have Disappeared From Steam
Milosz Szubert, 26 November 2019, 12:00
A lot of games and exansions disappeared from Steam last night. According to Valve, it was dictated by the fact that some publishers, including Russia-based Dagestan Technology, abused Steamworks tools.