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Coach Bug in CS:GO Continues to Haunt as New Bans Drop

Paul Wozniak, yesterday, 18:36

Today, the ESIC committee informed of several other professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive trainers, who over the past few years have used the bug to observe the map. The full list of accused trainers is expected to appear at the end of October, as so far, only 20% of available match recordings have been checked.

Left 4 Dead 2 Returns With The Last Stand DLC

Bart Swiatek, 25 September 2020, 12:39

Eleven years after the release, Left 4 Dead 2 received a new expansion - The Last Stand. Developed by the community and supported by Valve, the expansion introduces a new campaign, locations and weapons. The patch also includes a number of fixes. Additionally, the game can be checked out for free over the weekend and bought on Steam with a very big discount.

Left 4 Dead 2 The Last Stand Trailer and Release Date

Adrian Werner, 17 September 2020, 11:21

The trailer of The Last Stand campaign for Left 4 Dead 2 was released. Valve has also revealed the release date of this update.

Left 4 Dead 2 Revives as Valve Assists Fans Making New Campaign

Adrian Werner, 16 September 2020, 11:20

We have learned more details about the The Last Stand update for Left 4 Dead 2. It turns out that it will not be a simple map conversion from the first L4D. Instead we will get a full-fledged campaign.

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).

CS:GO Scandal Continues; More Coach Bans Possible

Paul Wozniak, 11 September 2020, 16:05

The recent scandal caused by the use of an exploit by professional coaches of CS teams is not yet over. Yesterday there were reports that more people may be involved in the whole matter.

Bots Crack Down on Cheaters in Team Fortress 2

Paul Wozniak, 04 September 2020, 21:31

For some time now, Team Fortress 2 players have been battling cheaters with specially programmed bots.

CS:GO Judges Appreciated for Their Help in Detecting Fraud

Milosz Szubert, 04 September 2020, 20:14

Michał Słowinski and Steve Dudenhoeffer were appreciated for their work on detecting unfair practices of three professional CS:GO team coaches. They received $1,500 reward from the organizers of the Flashpoint tournament series. In addition, GoFundMe is currently collecting money for them.

CS:GO Scandal; Bans for Coaches Using an Exploit

Karol Laska , 01 September 2020, 19:21

Three CS:GO coaches have committed fraud by using a bug in the game to view the position of opponents on the map. ESL punished the coaches with a long-term ban.

Left 4 Dead 2 Lives; The Last Stand Update Inbound

Bart Swiatek, 27 August 2020, 18:26

The creators of Left 4 Dead 2 informed that almost 11 years after its release, the game will receive an update, named The Last Stand. Most probably it is a port of a map from the first game.

Cheaters Banning Innocent CS:GO Players Caught Valve's Attention

Jacob Blazewicz, 20 August 2020, 20:03

Valve's John McDonald announced a solution to the problem of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive hackers using bots to abuse the Overwatch system. The victory was short-lived, but apparently the company took the complains of the players to heart.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Refund Problems on Steam [Updated]

Adrian Werner, 20 August 2020, 11:16

Steam users have a big problem with Microsoft Flight Simulator. The website counts downloading files as gameplay, and it takes so much time that the two-hour limit for refunds is exceeded.

Big Exploit in CS:GO Enables Players to See Through Walls

Paul Wozniak, 18 August 2020, 17:20

For some time now, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has had a large exploit that enabled players to see through walls and smoke grenades, among other things. Valve tried to get rid of it earlier this month, but this just made the bug easier to use.

Suspicious Examples Suggest Paid Reviews on Steam

Czarus, 17 August 2020, 22:14

Buying reviews on Steam is a serious accusation, both for a gamer and a developer. However, there is no denying the existence of such a practice, even if it is negligible in scope. Therefore, we will take a look at the reports from a certain user.

Cheater Ring in CS:GO Kept Itself Safe for Years While Banning Others

Paul Wozniak, 17 August 2020, 17:35

A few days ago, popular youtuber known as Sparkles released a video, in which a hacker told about how the cheater community in CS:GO protects itself through a so-called Overwatch system. It also enables them to report and ban other players.

Next Steam Game Festival is Scheduled for Fall

Karol Laska , 11 August 2020, 22:32

One of the trusted gaming journalists shared information about Valve's fall project. The company is supposedly planning another Steam Game Festival.

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.

Gaben Bets on Xbox Series X

Karol Laska , 28 July 2020, 22:20

Steam's CEO, Gabe Newell, shared his opinion on next-gen consoles. He says the Xbox Series X is simply better than PlayStation 5.

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.

CS:GO - Players Claim Trusted Mode Increased the Number of Cheaters

Bart Swiatek, 27 July 2020, 11:59

According to some players, the update, which introduced the so-called Trusted Mode - a new solution for battling cheaters - was, in practice, counterproductive.

CS:GO - Best Plays of 2019 Montage Conquers Reddit

Paul Wozniak, 16 July 2020, 18:53

Yesterday, a video was released on the web, prepared by the creators of the Style-Productions channel on YouTube, which featured a 15-minute montage of the best plays of 2019 from the professional Counter-Strike: Global Offenisve scene. The video quickly won the heart of many players.

Best CS:GO Players Earn Over $750 Thousand a Year

Paul Wozniak, 14 July 2020, 21:04

The BT service revealed the earnings of top Danish Counter-Strike players: Global Offensive. The information provided includes players' contracts, and with additional data available online, we can find out how much the best players earn in total annually.

Valve Worked on Half-Life 3, Left 4 Dead 3 and an RPG

Bart Swiatek, 10 July 2020, 12:47

Valve Software has worked on several games that have never been completed. These include Half-Life 3, Left 4 Dead 3, and an RPG that hasn't even got a title.

CS:GO Introduces Trusted Mode; Next Stage in Battle Against Cheaters

Bart Swiatek, 09 July 2020, 16:00

The shooter CS:GO received another update, adding the Trusted Mode anti-cheat system tested in June. The system is designed to block third party app that affect the game. Unfortunately, according to some reports, the solution has already been cracked by cheat makers. The system also prevents app used by streamers from working.

CS:GO - Weapon Skin Sold for Record Price of $100,000

Bart Swiatek, 07 July 2020, 11:07

According to user ohnePixel, a Chinese collector paid 100 thousand dollars for StatTrak M4A4 (Howl) skin for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. This is the most expensive item of its kind in history.

Free Team Fortress 2 Classic Mod Available for Download

Conrad Hazi, 05 July 2020, 21:33

The long-awaited Team Fortress 2 Classic mod has went live. It restores the popular title to the state back from 2008-2009, so we can see again many elements that have been changed or removed from the game since then. The mod is available for download for free on the developers' website.

CS:GO Unlikely to Switch to Source 2

Conrad Hazi, 05 July 2020, 19:52

According to reports early in the year, Valve planned to release an update for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in May, switching the game engine to Source 2. As leaks suggest, compatibility issues with player-created content were the main reason for abandoning the idea. At least for a while...

CS:GO - Valve Tests New Anti-cheat Protection; Ends up Cracked in One Hour

Paul Wozniak, 29 June 2020, 16:48

A few days ago, a new anti-cheat appeared in CS:GO as part of beta tests. It soon came to light that the software was cracked in an hour, and the new feature also causes a lot of performance problems.

21 Years of Counter Strike, Artist Drew Maps From CS:GO

Paul Wozniak, 20 June 2020, 17:50

Yesterday, the Counter-Strike series celebrated its 21st birthday. On this occasion, one Reddit user presented several paintings, showing the most popular places known from CS:GO maps.

Valve Remains Silent on Black Lives Matter; Devs Withdraw Games From Steam

Smoczy, 17 June 2020, 18:52

Statements from developers began to appear on the web, as some of them decided to remove their games from Steam. Will Valve suffer from its silence?

Half-Life Alyx Boosted Popularity of VR on Steam for Good

Adrian Werner, 03 June 2020, 14:45

Turns out the rise in popularity of VR caused by Half-Life: Alyx wasn't short-lived. May was a record month in terms of the share of VR owners among Steam users.

New Mod Improves Half-Life: Alyx Gameplay Without VR Goggles

Darius Matusiak, 31 May 2020, 19:56

Half-Life: Alyx is becoming more playable without VR goggles. All thanks to the latest mod, called Pancake FPS Starter Kit.

We Got to Know Why Half-Life 2 Episode 4 Got Canceled

Adrian Werner, 29 May 2020, 12:25

Arkane revealed the reasons for the cancelation of Half-Life 2: Episode 4, also known as Ravenholm. The list includes the credit crisis and Left 4 Dead.

Steam Cloud Play - Valve's Streaming Service Becomes a Fact

Christian Pieniazek, 28 May 2020, 20:08

Valve has provided the developers with the beta version of its streaming service. The goal of Steam Cloud Play, as it is called, is to integrate Steam with GeForce Now and, in the future, to connect it with other platforms of this type.

New Patch for CS:GO Boosts Performance on Older PCs

Bart Swiatek, 28 May 2020, 14:32

Yesterday, CS:GO received a patch introducing an experimental graphic feature that should improve performance on some older PCs and hardware with integrated GPU. Stickers associated with the Warhammer 40,000 universe have also been added to the game.

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.

Half-Life 2: Episode 4 - New Glimpse on Arkane's Canceled Game

Jacob Blazewicz, 22 May 2020, 16:39

Noclip channel has published teasers for its next project. Among the animations advertising the documentary about the history of Arkane Studios, there was an unpublished fragment of the canceled Half-Life 2: Episode 4.

Artifact 2.0 Beta Registration Will Start Next Week

Pri, 19 May 2020, 11:45

Valve is working on big changes in its 2018 card game, Artifact, which was not particularly successful, if not outright a failure. Registration for the beta version of the refreshed title - Artifact 2.0 - will start next week.

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.

CS:GO Update - Better Info on Most Annoying Kills

Paul Wozniak, 05 May 2020, 14:49

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has received a new update. It will provide players with additional information about deadly shots - for example, whether they were fired through smoke or whether the shooter was blinded by a flashbang.

Half-Life: Alyx Responsible for Record Increase of VR Users

Bart Swiatek, 04 May 2020, 16:46

In April, 950,000 more Steam users used VR goggles than a month before. VR is breaking popularity records on Valve's platform, which is probably related to the recent release of Half-Life: Alyx.

Valve: CS:GO Source Code Leak Poses No Threat to Gamers

Jacob Blazewicz, 23 April 2020, 13:02

Valve commented on yesterday's leak of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Team Fortress 2 source code. We were assured that the situation does not pose any threat to users playing on official servers.

Source Code of CSGO and Team Fortress 2 Leaked

Jacob Blazewicz, 22 April 2020, 22:16

Source codes of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Team Fortress 2 have been uploaded to the Internet. The perpetrator is connected to ValveNewsNetwork's leading channel, Tyler McVicker, and the leak could potentially threaten the safety of those playing Valve games.

Artifact Will Receive Single Player Campaign

Christian Pieniazek, 21 April 2020, 20:56

While working on Artifact 2.0, an extensive update to its 2018 card game, Valve doesn't forget about the lovers of solo experience. The studio is preparing a full-fledged story campaign, which is to appeal to the tastes of both newcomers and people who know the game world like the back of their hand.

Shroud on CS:GO vs. Valorant: Valve Did Nothing for Years

Paul Wozniak, 20 April 2020, 17:15

Popular streamer Michael „Shroud” Grzesiek spoke about the compatition between CS:GO and Valorant. According to the Shroud, Valve realized that over the past few years they could do nothing, because there was no competition on the market. Now that the shooter from Riot Games has appeared, the devs have decided to introduce some important updates, and the biggest ones are probably still ahead of us.

CS:GO Breaks Dota 2's Historic Activity Record

Paul Wozniak, 19 April 2020, 22:26

Yesterday Counter-Strike: Global Offensive broke another activity record on Steam. Interestingly, at the same time, the game broke the historic result established by Dota 2 in 2016.

New Update for CS:GO Introduces Long-awaited Changes

Paul Wozniak, 17 April 2020, 15:26

The latest update for Counter-Stirke: Global Offensive introduces some important changes to the game that have long been awaited by the players. Additionally, the balance of one of the weapons has been improved and several maps have been modified.

Valve's Patent Suggests Steam Controller 2 is Being Developed

Sodar, 14 April 2020, 15:56

A patent for a new controller from Valve has recently been published. It shows that the device will have replaceable buttons. Is this the new Steam Controller?

Gabe Newell: Single Player Games Will be More Popular Than Multiplayer

Bart Swiatek, 02 April 2020, 11:57

Gabe Newell, the head of Valve Corporation, said in an interview that he believes that in ten years single-player games will be much more popular and profitable than multiplayer titles. All thanks to the development of AI.

Artifact 2.0 - Valve on Salvaging the Card Game and Beta-tests

Adrian Werner, 31 March 2020, 13:14

Valve informed about the changes we can expect in Artifact 2.0. We have learned about the planned modifications to the gameplay and development system, as well as plans for beta-tests.