Steam Gets a New Feature - Remote Play Together
Bart Swiatek, 10 October 2019, 12:03
Steam will soon receive the Remote Play Together feature, which will enable us to play online in games that have only local multiplayer mode. Tests of the new system will start in October.
Epic is Not Just Against Steam - 30% is the Industry Standard
Bart Swiatek, 08 October 2019, 15:43
IGN conducted an analysis which shows that Steam's 30% revenue share does not differ from the industry standards. Only a few other distributors apply different rules - including, of course, Epic Games Store, which often accuses Valve of engaging in shameful practices.
CS:GO - French Gamers Get a Lootbox Scanner With a Catch
Bart Swiatek, 02 October 2019, 11:43
French Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players now have the option - and even the obligation - to scan their equipment boxes before buying them. This feature is likely to have been implemented as a result of planned changes to the Anti-Gambling Act and its use is severely restricted.
Half-Life 2 Characters Can Finally Blink Again
Adrian Werner, 29 September 2019, 16:01
Valve has finally fixed a bug introduced five years ago that made it impossible for characters in games like Half-Life, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, or Half-Life: Source to blink their eyes.
Valve vs. French Court - an Appeal is Underway
Barth Faryna, 23 September 2019, 16:00
Valve does not agree with the decision of the Paris Supreme Court that Steam users residing in the European Union are fully entitled to resell the titles purchased through the platform. There's gonna be an appeal.
French Judge: Resale of Steam Games is Legal Under EU Law
Paul Wozniak, 19 September 2019, 20:57
According to the judgment of the French court, which invokes European Union directives, resale of games from Steam is perfectly legal. Valve has a month to change the rules and inform users about it.
Golden Glow for Rare Achievements in New Steam Library
Milosz Szubert, 19 September 2019, 10:59
The new design of Steam library offers an interesting feature. All the in-game achievements that were unlocked by less than 10% of their owners, were spectacularly highlighted.
Toxic Dota 2 Players Banned Until 2038
Bart Swiatek, 18 September 2019, 14:41
Valve Software has banned the most toxic group of Dota 2 players. The ban on logging in to the servers will last until 2038.
CS:GO Update Introduces New Deadly Bots
Bart Swiatek, 18 September 2019, 13:29
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the popular online shooter from Valve Software, received an update recently, that improved the AI of bots in deathmatch. You can also check the novelty on your own server.
Open Beta of New Steam Library Launches
Christian Pieniazek, 17 September 2019, 21:42
The beta version of the new Steam Library, which we have heard about since March this year, is now available to all interested parties. Valve Software not only refreshed its appearance, but also added a number of new functionalities.
Divinity: Original Sin 2 Devs Present Video of a „Valve Break-in”
Bart Swiatek, 17 September 2019, 11:49
Developers at Larian Studios have published a funny video that shows the backstage to the creation of cross-save functionality in Nindo Switch port of Divinity: Original Sin II. Well... sort of.
Steam Update Improves Video Game Recommendations
Bart Swiatek, 13 September 2019, 13:35
Steam has received an update today that improves the game recommendation system. Changes made by developers should make it easier for players to find titles that are actually of interest to them.
Source Code of Half-Life VR Found in Game Files of The Lab
Paul Wozniak, 05 September 2019, 23:22
A video appeared on the Internet, in which the author presents the source code of Half-Life VR, which he allegedly found in the game files of The Lab, a game released by Valve.
New Beta of Steam Library Goes Live This Month
Barth Faryna, 05 September 2019, 15:40
Valve is preparing to introduce a beta version of the changed appearance of the Steam Library. New features were presented at last week's conference in Seattle and users will be able to try them out later this month.
Gamers Arrested for Fixing Games in CS:GO
Bart Swiatek, 26 August 2019, 11:55
Australian police have arrested six players suspected of fixing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive games. This is the first case of its kind in the history of this country.
Chinese Gamers to Disappear from Steam? Steam China Revealed
Christian Pieniazek, 21 August 2019, 18:52
Perfect World, a company cooperating with Valve, shared the first details about the official Chinese version of the Steam platform. Soon the players from China will be „almost completely independent” from the rest of the world.
Two Erotic Games in Steam Top Games for July
Barth Faryna, 21 August 2019, 14:34
Steam's approach to erotic content has changed significantly in recent years. Currently we can find there many titles for adult players, some of which are even at the top of the July list.
Valve Takes Control of Steam's Release Date Changes; No More Abuse?
Paul Wozniak, 07 August 2019, 17:45
Valve decided to crack down on the abuse of Steam release date changes, which caused the games of some devs appear in the „Upcoming” tab for long periods of time. From now on, in order to change the release date, you will need to contact Valve directly and give a specific reason.
Vanishing Ranks, Long Waiting Times - CS:GO in Serious Trouble
Bart Swiatek, 01 August 2019, 14:13
There have been a few annoying bugs in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in recent days that make it difficult or even impossible to have fun. The cause of the problems is most likely a failure of the matchmaking system. The developers from Valve haven't responded to the case yet.
Success of Steam's Interactive Recommender
Barth Faryna, 01 August 2019, 13:00
Interactive game recommendations on Steam turned out to be a great success and resulted in a very positive response from the community. Valve follows through and introduces new features that will allow players to search for new titles in more detail.
Bug in Skin Crates Causes Collapse of Team Fortress 2 Economy
Paul Wozniak, 27 July 2019, 23:35
A bug appeared with the latest update for Team Fortress 2, which changed the drop rates of unusual items in some of crates from less than 1% to 100%. A flood of extremely rare skins has led to a market collapse.
Dota Underlords - Battle Pass Prototype Tests Have Started
Adrian Werner, 14 July 2019, 18:44
Valve released the so-called Proto Pass for Dota Underlords, a prototype battle pass, which was given to everyone taking part in the open tests of the game.
Steam Labs Launches; Offers AI Game Recommendations
Adrian Werner, 12 July 2019, 14:13
Valve has released Steam Labs, thanks to which we can test, among others, the system of automatic game recommendation, based on the analysis of our preferences.
Artifact's Lead Designer: Game Can Still be Saved
Bart Swiatek, 05 July 2019, 12:37
In a conversation with Eurogamer, the creators of the card game Artifact told us about the challenges and problems they encountered while working on the title. Lead designer Richard Garfield, known for his creation of Magic: The Gathering, believes that Valve's production can still be saved.
Windows 10 Gains in June Steam Survey
Agnes Adamus, 03 July 2019, 17:46
Steam shared the results of the June hardware survey, which is based on data provided by the users of the platform. Thanks to this, once again we have the opportunity to see which components reign among the owners of personal computers.
Dota Underlords Open Beta Launches
Adrian Werner, 21 June 2019, 15:18
An open beta of Dota Underlords, a game from Valve Software based on the hit Dota Auto Chess mod, was launched.
Dota Underlords - Open Beta of Valve's Auto Chess Launches Soon
Paul Wozniak, 14 June 2019, 15:19
In a week's time, players will have the opportunity to participate in the open beta of Valve's new Auto Chess based production - Dota Underlords. Dota 2 Battle Pass holders can take part in closed tests now.
Steam Will Get A New Skin?
Konrad Serafinski, 10 June 2019, 02:29
There are some photos on Steam Database Twitter showing possible new Steam interface. It is very possible that Valve's platform will soon undergo a gentle lifting, which will make it easier for users to use the application.
Former Valve Employee on Why Making Half-Life 3 is not Worth it
Paul Wozniak, 07 June 2019, 02:39
An anonymous entry of a former Valve employee appeared on the web. He mentions, among other things, the cancelled work on Left 4 Dead 3 and Half-Life 3. In addition, he also writes about the policy that has prevailed in the company for the last few years.
Valve Announces its Own Game Based on Dota Auto Chess Mod
Yac, 22 May 2019, 22:14
Valve has announced that it is working on its own PC game based on the Dota Auto Chess mod. It will be independent of the mobile Auto Chess, which is being developed by the Chinese studio Drodo (the authors of the original mod).
Valve Will Acknowledge ''Positive Review Bombing'' of AC Unity
Adrian Werner, 22 May 2019, 10:18
Valve has announced that it will not alter the average score for Assassin's Creed: Unity on Steam. Making the title available for free on Uplay and Ubisoft's donation to rebuild the Notre-Dame Cathedral contributed to flooding the site with positive reviews, of which most also praised the game itself.
Would-be Half-Life 2 Remake From World War Z Devs and other news
Milosz Szubert, 21 May 2019, 16:02
Today we are writing about the recruitment for Insomniac Games, the World War Z devs' dream about creating a Half-Life 2 remake and the teaser of the new expansion to Arma 3. Welcome to your daily batch of short news from the world.
Dota 2 Gets Rid of Toxic Players, if You Pay For it
Adrian Werner, 19 May 2019, 20:29
This year, when you buy Battle Pass for Dota 2 (accompanying The International eSports event), you'll have access to a new feature that allows you to avoid players who don't like you when searching for games.
Valve Registers Dota Underlords Trade Mark
Jacob Blazewicz, 15 May 2019, 23:31
Valve has registered the name Dota Underlords as a trademark of a computer game. We do not know the details yet, but it seems that Gabe Newell and the company are preparing to announce a new game.
CS:GO Gets a New Battle Royale Map
Jakub Mirowski, 01 May 2019, 20:12
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has received a new update that focuses on additional content for the Danger Zone mode, including the Sirocco map. In addition, the patch fixes a dangerous bug.
Steam Has More Than One Billion Users
Conrad Hazi, 30 April 2019, 13:24
The number of user accounts on the Steam platform has exceeded one billion. Although it doesn't show that so many players use Steam, other statistics reveal that despite the pressure from the competition, Valve's platform is still doing pretty well.
Tim Sweeney Challenges Valve to Reduce Its Revenue Share
Bart Swiatek, 25 April 2019, 16:18
Tim Sweeney – CEO of Epic Games – wrote on Twitter that his company is ready to give up acquiring exclusive titles, assuming Steam gives up 88% of sales revenue to the devs. The only condition being, that the solution would have to be implemented "without strings attached".
Randy Pitchford: "Steam Could be Dying in 5 to 10 years."
Konrad Serafinski, 20 April 2019, 21:02
Randy Pitchford continues to battle opponents of the Epic Games Store. The CEO of Gearbox Software thinks Steam could be a dying store in a decade and will be replaced by another digital distribution platform.
Alleged Screens From Cancelled Left 4 Dead 3 Leaked
Agnes Adamus, 19 April 2019, 12:39
It's been almost 10 years since the release of Left 4 Dead 2. From time to time, minor rumors about the next part of the series by Valve surface on the web. This time, the leak was much bigger. Tyler McViker has published 29 screens on YouTube, all allegedly coming from the new installment.
The Digital Distribution Platform War Continues
Agnes Adamus, 09 April 2019, 00:41
Since its debut, the Epic Games Store has been making a lot of waves. Buying exclusive titles has caused many releases to miss Steam. A dispute arose between supporters and opponents of this practice, fueled by Richard Geldreich, a former Valve employee,
Third-Party Stores Reduce Valve's Revenue
Christian Pieniazek, 05 April 2019, 11:50
When we think of Steam sales, both developers and publishers must take Valve's 30% revenue share into account. As it turns out, though, in fact, Gabe Newell's company gets, on average, only as much as 20% of a sold game copy's price.
Valve Index Hardware Requirements and Release Date Leaked
Konrad Serafinski, 02 April 2019, 17:13
First information on the release date and hardware requirements of Valve Index, the new VR set from the owners of Steam, have surfaced on the web.
Valve Index - Steam Creators Tease VR Goggles
Konrad Serafinski, 31 March 2019, 22:14
Valve published a picture on Steam, presenting a VR device called Valve Index. This confirms earlier reports that the company is working on a new VR decide. More details coming this May.
Artifact - Game Development Stopped
Adrian Werner, 30 March 2019, 20:38
Valve has announced that it's stopped the planned development of Artifact. Instead, the developers focus on reworking the game.
Steam Reveals New Layout and Functionalities
Christian Pieniazek, 22 March 2019, 00:27
Among the highlights of Valve's panel during this years Game Developers Conference were the reworked layout of Steam library and developer events. The former can be examined up close, and some interesting details have been revealed concerning the latter.
Valve Purges Steam of Homages to Christchurch Terrorist
Conrad Hazi, 18 March 2019, 17:04
Kotaku reports that Steam has been purged of over a hundred various material that approved of the Christchurch terrorist. Valve does not comment on the situation, but consequently removes all reported cases of rule abuse.
Valve Will Examine Copying of Steam Data by Epic Games Store
Michael Kulakowski, 17 March 2019, 00:45
Valve has answered the controversies related to Epic Games Store client, which allegedly downloads sensitive user data related to their Steam account.
Steam Promises to Eliminate Review Bombing
Michael Kulakowski, 16 March 2019, 23:44
Valve announced that it will battle the occasional waves of negative reviews on Steam, so-called review bombing, issued for reasons completely unrelated to the game and aimed only at lowering the score of a specific title.
Valve Announces Steam Link Anywhere and a Web API for Developers
Conrad Hazi, 15 March 2019, 21:08
Valve decided to show how busy they are even before the GDC has started and revealed the Steam Link Anywhere service, enabling us to use Steam Link through the Internet, and shared the technology for free with all developers who might be interested.
Artifact - Valve Lays Off Two Lead Designers
Adrian Werner, 09 March 2019, 20:44
Artifact's situation is getting progressively worse. As it turns out, the title has lost its two lead gameplay designers, Richard Garfield and Skaff Elias.