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New CS:GO Update Removes Bots From Tournament Matches

Qskan, 08 January 2021, 17:34

The latest CS:GO update introduced a controversial change in ranked matches. The gaming community has not responded with enthusiasm, to put it mildly.

Valve Looks For Psychologist to Help Make More Games Like Half-Life: Alyx

Karol Laska , 05 January 2021, 22:06

A qualified psychologist urgently wanted at Valve! Among other things, to lend his/her expertise in the creation of even deeper next-gen gaming experiences.

Steam Breaks New Activity Record

Adrian Werner, 03 January 2021, 14:32

Yesterday, Steam set a new activity record. For the first time the service exceeded the mark of 25 million logged-in users.

Steam Almost Hit Another Record During Holidays

Musiol, 28 December 2020, 19:54

A great year for Steam was crowned with another record. This year's holidays were the best in history when we look at the number of active users.

Steam's Autumn Sale Was the Biggest One Ever

Musiol, 20 December 2020, 14:51

Valve boasted that Steam's autumn sale was the biggest sale in store's history. Both on the side of players, as well as developers and publishers.

First Nominations for Steam Awards 2020 Revealed

Musiol, 20 December 2020, 14:47

Valve has announced the first nominations in six categories of Steam Awards 2020. Soon we will be able to vote for our favourites, and get some collector's cards for it.

2020 Was a Bad Year for CS:GO and Many Pros are Leaving

Paul Wozniak, 18 December 2020, 18:03

In 2020, more than 200 professional CS:GO players ended their careers. Journalist Richard Lewis explains what could be the reason for this.

Steam Breaks Records; Nearly 25M Players Used the App

Musiol, 13 December 2020, 17:32

Steam has broken its March record. There were almost 25 million players in the app today, more than 7 million of whom played something. Cyberpunk 2077 certainly added its two cents to this result.

CS:GO is Hot on Cyberpunk 2077's Heels on Steam

Adrian Werner, 07 December 2020, 12:23

CP2077 continues to dominate Steam's best-seller list for yet another week. However, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is pressing for the leader's position thanks to the launch of Operation Broken Fang.

Operation Broken Fang Goes Live in CS:GO

Adrian Werner, 04 December 2020, 20:01

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has launched Operation Broken Fang, bringing a new mode, additional maps and rewards, as well as better matchmaking.

New Major Update for CS:GO Inbound; Community Analyzes

Paul Wozniak, 02 December 2020, 20:30

Twitter user NorS2021 reported that seven maps in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive have seen changes that were not made available yet. According to the players, this heralds the arrival of a long-awaited new operation, for example.

Gabe Newell Kept His Word and Sent Gnome Chompski Into Space

Sodar, 25 November 2020, 20:32

One of the achievements in Half-Life 2: Episode Two has become reality. A gome called „Chompski” was sent into space aboard the Electron rocket, while collecting money for charity.

Steam Autumn Sale 2020 and Steam Awards Begin Tomorrow

Adrian Werner, 24 November 2020, 10:28

Tomorrow, Valve will start accepting nominations for the Steam Awards 2020. At the same time, the great autumn sale is to start.

Gamepads are Becoming Increasingly Popular on Steam

Adrian Werner, 22 November 2020, 19:10

On the occasion of adding support for PS5's controller to Steam, Valve revealed that the daily number of people using controllers in the service has doubled over the last two years.

Among Us Lost a Ton of Popularity; CS:GO Remains on Top

Paul Wozniak, 16 November 2020, 19:40

The popularity of Among Us on Steam has significantly decreased over the last 30 days. Meanwhile, Valve's free shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has reached, once again this year, one million simultaneous players.

New CS:GO Operation Release Date Leaked

Paul Wozniak, 10 November 2020, 17:21

Known to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players, Twitter user NorS2021 reported a few days ago that a new operation is coming to Valve's shooter.

Valve Makes Testing Games on Steam Easier for Devs

Musiol, 05 November 2020, 16:22

Valve is introducing another facility for developers on Steam. The Steam Playtest option enables them to easily manage access to game tests prepared for players.

Gabe Newell Will Send Half-Life 2 Gnome Into Space

Bart Swiatek, 03 November 2020, 13:21

Valve's CEO Gabe Newell plans to send a replica of Gnome Chompsky from Half-Life 2: Episode Two into space. The launch of the rocket will be a charity event aimed at raising money for one of the hospitals in Auckland, New Zealand.

Players Ask Steam to Mark DRM-free Games

Jacob Blazewicz, 02 November 2020, 21:34

Once again, the gamers vent their displeasure with DRM security. All because of a Reddit user, who suggested that Steam should mark DRM-free games.

Valve Declares War on Toxicity and Account Boosts in Dota 2

Bart Swiatek, 20 October 2020, 15:55

Valve Software intends to fight more actively against toxicity and account boosting in Dota 2. 14 thousand people have recently been banned for manipulating the MMR ranking. The game will also receive a system for reporting inappropriate behavior, modelled on CS:GO's Overwatch.

Referee who Revealed CS:GO Scandal: „I Opened Pandora's Box”

Paul Wozniak, 16 October 2020, 21:29

Esports referee Michal „Michau” Slowinski spoke about the scandal on the professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive scene, which concerns the use of a glitch to the team's advantage. The Pole was responsible for bringing the case to light and said it was like „opening Pandora's box”.

Steam has a Problem With Malfunctioning CAPTCHA

Karol Laska , 06 October 2020, 22:50

Users complain that they cannot create new Steam accounts or change their passwords. The blame for this lies with CAPTCHA, which cannot be answered correctly.

Team Fortress 2 Sets New Activity Record 13 Years After Launch

Agnes Adamus, 02 October 2020, 21:26

Team Fortress 2 is still doing well. During the last 24 hours, the game has set a new activity record. This situation is most probably related to the big update that came out yesterday.

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

Paul Wozniak, 28 September 2020, 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

Micha³ S³owinski 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...