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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.

Changes on Steam to Reduce Network Load

Paul Wozniak, 31 March 2020, 12:33

Valve has made a change to Steam to reduce the network load of theplatform. The company also reminds of the settings that enable users to further reduce data consumption.

Half-Life: Alyx Conquers Metacritic

Conrad Hazi, 29 March 2020, 21:59

Half-Life: Alyx is the best-rated PC game released this year according to Metacritic. Valve's new title has an average rating of 93 points based on 42 professional reviews.

G-Man's Voice Actor: Alyx is Not the Only Half-Life Coming in 2020

Jacob Blazewicz, 27 March 2020, 18:26

Actor Michael Shapiro has revealed something about his next project. The actor who is putting the voice of G-Man will appear in the game, which is supposed to be an incredible „return to the past” and, according to USGamer, will appear later, this year.

Valve Explains Why Half-Life: Alyx is a Prequel and Not Half-Life 3

Paul Wozniak, 26 March 2020, 18:05

In an interview with EDGE, developers from Valve explain why the latest release of the Half-Life series is only a prequel and not a full third installment.

Half-Life Alyx Without VR and With Weapons From Half-Life 2

Bart Swiatek, 26 March 2020, 14:29

By activating developer mode, some users have managed to run Half-Life: Alyx on a normal monitor. The so-called debug mode also enables us to spawn weapons from the second installment of the series.

Death Stranding Easter Egg Found In Half-Life Alyx

Adrian Werner, 26 March 2020, 10:58

An interesting easter egg was found in Half-Life: Alyx, related to Death Stranding. In one of the rooms we can come across items from last year's Hideo Kojima production.

Half-Life: Alyx Becomes the Most Popular VR Game in Steam's History

Adrian Werner, 25 March 2020, 12:07

Half-Life: Alyx set a new activity record for VR games on Steam, achieving a score almost five times higher than the previous leader in this category.

Teacher Organized His Classess in Half-Life: Alyx

Bart Swiatek, 25 March 2020, 10:11

A California teacher decided to use virtual reality in his classes. But he did not do it in the usual way. Instead, he used the latest shooter from Valve Software - Half-Life: Alyx.

Half-Life Alyx Without VR? Valve is Sure That Mods Will Make it Possible

Bart Swiatek, 24 March 2020, 21:05

Robin Walker - one of the devs from Valve Software responsible for shooter Half-Life: Alyx - believes that thanks to the mods in the game developed for VR, it will be possible to play on a normal monitor as well.

Left 4 Dead 3, Portal VR? Valve Explains

Pri, 24 March 2020, 14:51

Chris Remo and Robin Walker, game designers from Valve, explained in an interview with IGN why we are yet to see new Left 4 Dead or Portal VR.

Half-Life: Alyx Gives Hope That Half-Life 3 Will Eventually Come

Milosz Szubert, 24 March 2020, 14:36

Twelve years after the release of the second episode of Half-Life 2, a light of hope has appeared, suggesting that the third installment of the iconic FPS series from Valve is still being planned. All thanks to Half-Life: Alyx.

Valve Explains the Absence of Half-Life 2: Episode 3

Agnes Adamus, 24 March 2020, 11:38

Half-Life 2: Episode 3 is a title that went down in history even though it was never made (so far). After 12 years of waiting, we learned the reasons why we didn't see the finale of Gordon Freeman's adventures. As it turns out, the decision to stop the development of title was complex and resulted from things like the creative slump and the focus on the Source 2 engine.

First Reviews: Half-Life Alyx – New Level of VR Gaming

Jacob Blazewicz, 23 March 2020, 20:51

More reviews of Half-Life: Alyx have appeared on the web. The texts show that the title is a worthy successor to the franchise, and at the same time a game that sets new standards in the market of VR gaming.

Gabe Newell on the Origins of Steam and Steam Market

Milosz Szubert, 23 March 2020, 19:06

In an interview with Edge magazine, Gabe Newell, the CEO of Valve Corporation, revealed how the idea of creating Steam came to be. He also said a bit about the inspirations for Steam Workshop and the birth of Team Fortress 2's item market.

Half-Life: Alyx Launches Today

Adrian Werner, 23 March 2020, 12:11

Half-Life: Alyx, a new VR-aimed installment of one of the most important FPS series, launches today. The game will be unlocked on Steam.

Half-Life: Alyx Receives 9/10 in First Published Review

Conrad Hazi, 22 March 2020, 16:32

The first review of Half-Life: Alyx appeared in Edge magazine. The long-awaited game from Valve was very highly rated by the British magazine. Those who have already purchased the game will receive access to it on March 23.

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.

Artifact Will Not Die. Valve is Working on Artifact 2

Jacob Blazewicz, 21 March 2020, 15:51

Valve didn't abandon Artifact. According to Gabe Newell, the developers are working on a complete re-working. The changes are to be so serious that among the developers the project is called Artifact 2.

High Number of Half-Life: Alyx Pre-orders Suggests a Hit in the Making

Bart Swiatek, 20 March 2020, 11:38

Half-Life: Alyx - the latest installment of Valve Software's famous FPS series, which requires a VR helmet - sells very well on Steam. After the release, the title may turn out to be the biggest success of 2020 on the store so far.

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.

Brain as Game Controller - Valve and Gaben are Working on the Technology

Jacob Blazewicz, 19 March 2020, 13:04

Gabe Newell confessed in an interview that he is dealing with the issue of neural interface. According to Valve's boss, operating devices with our brains like in the Matrix can become reality earlier than we think. He also mentioned the impact of this technology on the gaming industry.

Gabe Newell Admits: Artifact was a Giant Disappointment

Jacob Blazewicz, 19 March 2020, 12:34

„Artifact was a giant disappointment.” That's what Gabe Newell said in an interview for IGN. Valve's CEO admits that he is thinking about this and other failures, but treats them as valuable lessons for the future. By the way, Gaben mentioned why we had to wait 16 years for the announcement of the new Half-Life game.

Steam Game Festival Returns Today With 40+ New Games to be Shown

Konrad Serafinski, 18 March 2020, 11:16

Geoff Keighley, the creator of The Game Awards, announced on Twitter that Steam Game Festival: Spring Edition will start today at 10 AM PDT. The event will last 5 days, during which we will see over 40 new games.

Half-Life Soundtracks are Now Available on Streaming Platforms

Paul Wozniak, 14 March 2020, 18:06

Valve has released the soundtracks from the Half-Life series on the most popular music streaming platforms. You can already listen to the iconic songs on Spotify and YouTube Music, among others.

Valve Index VR is Back on Sale Today, but May Not Last Long

Paul Wozniak, 09 March 2020, 14:40

Valve Index VR goggles will be back on sale today at 10 AM PT. However, it is not known exactly how many copies will be available, so those willing to get one should not postpone their purchase until later.

Half-Life: Alyx is Not the End of the Series

Jacob Blazewicz, 05 March 2020, 10:57

Robin Walker from Valve spoke about the future of the Half-Life series and the creation of Half-Life 3. The developer assures that the Half-Life: Alyx team treats the game as a return of the franchise and many devs hope they are not working on the series for the last time.

Valve Index Will Be Back in Stock Next Monday, but to Get It, You'll Need to Hurry

Mathias Zulpo, 05 March 2020, 01:04

Valve is finally restocking its Index VR goggles. They will be back on Monday, March 9, but are expected to sold out quickly. There's also a little surprise for those who already own the kit.