Tag: Valve

Valve Cuts Ties With Insel Games: CEO Forced Employees To Leave Fake Reviews On Steam

Valve took down the whole library of Insel Games on Steam after evidence surfaced that the developer's CEO forced employees to leave fake reviews for 'Wild Buster,' its latest title. Publishers planting reviews on their own game violates Steam policies.

Video Games February 15, 2018

Counter-Strike Cocreator Jess Cliffe Arrested Over Sexual Exploitation Of A Child

Reports confirmed that Jess Cliffe, 'Counter-Strike' cocreator, was apparently arrested just recently. According to sources, he was allegedly charged with sexual exploitation of a child.

Video Games February 3, 2018

Steam Awards 2017 Winners: 'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds,' 'The Witcher 3,' 'Cuphead' Among Awardees

Winners of Valve’s Steam Awards 2017 have been revealed and listed as top winners are 'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds,' 'The Witcher 3,' and 'Cuphead.' The Steam Awards is known for giving out unique titles such as 'Mom’s Spaghetti,' and 'Suspension of Disbelief.'

January 7, 2018

Steam Winter Sale 2017 Now Online: Enjoy Big Discounts For Games Like 'Elite Dangerous' And 'Dark Souls III'

The Steam Winter Sale 2017 is finally upon us, offering discounts of up to 75 percent for titles such as 'Elite Dangerous' and 'Dark Souls III'. The sale is not just all about the games though.

Video Games December 22, 2017

You Can't Buy Steam Games With Bitcoin Anymore

Steam no longer supports Bitcoin, meaning you can't buy games on the platform with the cryptocurrency anymore. Valve says it's because of the 'volatility' and increasing transaction fees of the virtual money.

Video Games December 7, 2017

'Portal' Returns With 'Bridge Constructor: Portal': GLaDOS Is Back Too In The Physics-Based Puzzler

The 'Portal' franchise returns with 'Bridge Constructor: Portal', which will be released for the PC, Mac, Linux, and mobile devices on Dec. 20. The new puzzler is not 'Portal 3', but it does bring back the villainous AI GlaDOS.

Video Games December 7, 2017

The Steam Halloween Sale Is Finally Here: Let's Take A Look At The Best Deals

Valve has launched the Steam Halloween Sale, which will run until Nov. 1. Among the best deals are 50 percent off for 'Friday the 13th: The Game' and 80 percent off for the 'Five Nights at Freddy's' franchise bundle.

Video Games October 26, 2017

Steam Digital Gift Cards Are Finally Available: Here's How They Work

Valve has finally released Steam digital gift cards, just in time for the upcoming holiday shopping season and the three leaked Steam sales. Here's what the gift cards are all about and how they work.

Video Games October 26, 2017

When Is The Next Steam Sale? Dates For Halloween, Autumn And Winter Sales Leaked

The dates for the next three Steam sales have been leaked and confirmed. PC gamers can now prepare their wallets for the Steam Halloween Sale, the Steam Autumn Sale, and the Steam Winter Sale.

Video Games October 21, 2017

Valve’s Solution To Review Bombing On Steam Is To Add Histograms: How Will It Help?

Review bombing, the act of ganging up on a game by giving it negative reviews, has become a huge problem on Steam. Valve thinks it can fix it by adding review histograms, but how?

Video Games September 20, 2017

Windows Mixed Reality Will Plunge You Into VR For As Low As $399, With Steam Support And New 'Halo' Game

Microsoft revealed that its upcoming Windows Mixed Reality headsets will bring virtual reality technology to homes for as low as $399. The platform will host the next 'Halo' game, and will also support Steam VR content.

Microsoft August 29, 2017

There Were More Players On 'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' Than 'DOTA 2' On Steam: Here's Why That's Impressive

'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' reached a peak player count of nearly 880,000 users, beating 'DOTA 2' and 'Counter-Strike: Global Offensive' on the Steam platform. Here's why the achievement is a very impressive one.

Video Games August 27, 2017

The World's Best 'DOTA 2' Players Are No Match For A Bot: What Does This Mean For The Future Of AI?

A bot created by Elon Musk-backed OpenAI dominated against Danil Ishutin, better known as Dendi, in a 1-on-1 'DOTA 2' match at The International. What does this mean for the future of AI?

Computers August 12, 2017

Valve Announced A New Game, But It's Not 'Half-Life 3': Should We Give The 'DOTA'-Based Card Game 'Artifact' A Chance?

Valve unveiled 'Artifact,' a 'DOTA'-based digital card game, at The International. Attendees, however, were disappointed, as they were expecting the announcement to be for the long-awaited 'Half-life 3.'

Video Games August 10, 2017

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Breaks Steam Record For Peak Players By Non-Valve Game: Why Is This A Big Deal?

'Battle Royale'-inspired shooter 'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' breaks the Steam record for the highest peak player count by a non-Valve game. The milestone may not appear to be extremely impressive for some, but it is certainly a big deal for the title.

Video Games August 1, 2017

Valve Bans Over 40,000 Cheaters As Steam Summer Sale Ended: Biggest Ever Wave Of Bans In A Single Day

Valve banned over 40,000 cheating Steam accounts right after the end of this year's Steam Summer Sale. Will the record number of bans scare players away from using cheats while playing games on Steam?

Video Games July 11, 2017

Valve Will Let You Publish Games For Just $100 Via Steam Direct

The Steam Direct fee has been announced, and publishers will have to pay a '$100 recoupable publishing fee per game' through the program. Valve is also looking into improvements for the Store algorithm and Steam Curator system.

Video Games June 2, 2017

Valve Continues Crackdown Against Fake Games With Changes To Steam Trading Cards

Valve is moving forward with its goal of purging Steam of fake games through a change on the Steam Trading Cards system. Shady developers abused the trading cards to make a quick buck out of their fake games.

Video Games May 17, 2017

Valve Comes Up With ‘Steam Explorers’ To Better Curate Games And Feature Overlooked Titles

Valve is bringing heavy overhauls to its gaming marketplace and platform Steam to fix issues surrounding discoverability. One of these changes is Steam Explorers, in which people can sign up and help surface lesser-known games into the fore.

Video Games April 5, 2017

Bots Are Flooding 'Counter-Strike: GO' Lobbies: Is A Fix On The Way, Valve?

Players of 'Counter-Strike: Global Offensive' may have already seen lobbies being flooded by chat bots with walls of text. The hacker who launched the attack claims that it is meant to attract the attention of Valve.

Video Games February 20, 2017

In The Tough Battle Against 'Counter-Strike: GO' Cheaters, Valve Turns To AI For Help

Like in many other online games, 'Counter-Strike: Global Offensive' is filled with cheating players. Valve has turned to artificial intelligence to help address the problem, and early results are said to be promising.

Video Games February 19, 2017

Valve Finally Fixes 10-Year-Old 'Team Fortress 2' Bug That Caused Players To Miss Targets

Valve has finally fixed a bug that has been in 'Team Fortress 2' for 10 years. The bug has made countless shots in the game miss, when they should have hit the target.

Video Games February 17, 2017

Valve Employees Have Been Trolling Gamers With 'Half-Life 3' Hoaxes: Sorry, Still Not Happening

A leaked image allegedly hints that Valve is working on 'Half-Life 3.' However, Valve President and cofounder Gabe Newell again doused the 'Half-Life 3 confirmed' rumors, stating that employees regularly troll hopeful gamers.

Video Games February 15, 2017

Valve Not Interested In Making Games For Consoles: Founder Gabe Newell Explains Why

Valve has previously released games for consoles, such as the two installments of 'Left 4 Dead' and 'Counter-Strike: GO.' However, Valve is currently not interested in making more console titles, and president Gabe Newell explained why.

Video Games February 12, 2017

Valve Chief Gabe Newell Confirms 3 Full-Fledged VR Games In Development

Valve has confirmed that it’s currently developing three virtual reality titles, although laconic when pressed what these games might be. However, Gabe Newell has confirmed that none will be based around 'Half-Life' or 'Team Fortress.'

Video Games February 11, 2017

Valve Ditches Steam Greenlight, Introduces ‘Steam Direct,’ An Easier Way To Publish Games

Steam has officially yanked the life support of its Greenlight system, a community-decided program for helping developers bring their games onto the platform. It will be replaced with Steam Direct, which employs a more straightforward process.

Video Games February 10, 2017

Valve Working On More SteamVR Tracking Headsets

Valve has announced that it is working on more SteamVR headsets. It is developing more headsets that operate on Steam's VR tracking 'Lighthouse' technology.

Wearable Tech January 24, 2017

Still Waiting For 'Half-Life 3'? Don't Hold Your Breath Because 'There Is No Such Thing,' Says Valve Insider

A Valve insider revealed that 'Half-Life 3' and 'Half-Life 2: Episode Three' will likely never happen. If you have been waiting for Valve to release these games, it might be time to give up on that dream.

Video Games January 13, 2017

Gamers Can Soon Also Use The Steam Controller Interface For Xbox Controllers: Great Move, Valve

The latest Steam Client Beta Update enables the interface of the Steam Controller to work with Xbox controllers. The move is leading toward a future wherein gamers can use any controller for all Steam games.

Video Games January 7, 2017

Steam Awards Winners Announced: 'Skyrim,' 'Goat Simulator,' 'Doom,' And More

Valve has now released the winners of the first-ever Steam awards, with a mix of beloved favorites and bestsellers netting their due recognition. Take a look at all the winners.

Video Games January 2, 2017

Valve Outs Best-Selling Steam Games Of 2016, Slashes Prices: 'No Man's Sky,' 'The Division,' 'Rocket League,' And More

Capping the year off, Valve has now released the top 100 most downloaded games on Steam, all of which are still being offered at a discount. Those who still haven't taken advantage of Steam's Winter sale could do so now.

Video Games January 1, 2017

Valve Gets Fined For $2.1 Million By Australian Court For Not Providing Steam Refunds

An Australian court has fined Valve about $2.1 million for its shoddy, if not nonexistent, refund policies from 2011 to 2014. The ruling follows Valve's legal battle defeat against the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in March.

Business Tech December 23, 2016

Steam Awards Nominees Revealed: Cast Your Votes On Dec. 22

The Steam Awards is an inaugural event that includes unconventional and delightfully strange categories. Steam has whittled down around 15 million nominees submitted by its users to a handful of finalists.

Video Games December 22, 2016

'Dota 2' Update Patch 7.00 Now Live: New Hero Monkey King, Talent Trees, New HUD And More

A massive update for 'Dota 2' is now live on Valve’s Multiplayer Online Battle Arena. Included in the update is a new hero, new pregame phases, a reworked interface and the introduction of the Hero Talent Tree.

Video Games December 11, 2016

Turtle Rock Releases Unfinished But Playable Campaign For 'Left 4 Dead': What Is It About And How To Download For Free

Original developer Turtle Rock Studios has released the final unfinished campaign for 'Left 4 Dead.' The campaign, while coming with issues, is completely playable and can be downloaded and installed for free.

Video Games November 7, 2016

Steam Says No To Ambiguous Concept Art: Devs Now Have To Use Screenshots To Sell Their Games

Steam's looming Discovery Update 2.0 will enforce a no-concept-art rule to prevent misleading game promotion. This new policy was reportedly distributed to developers and will take effect in the middle of November.

Video Games November 2, 2016

Steam Halloween Sale 2016 Now Live: 'Resident Evil 5,' 'Bioshock Remastered' And More Discounted Games

The Steam Halloween sale is now under way and will run until Nov. 1. The event includes a list of major releases and popular titles that are being offered for as much as 90 percent discount.

Video Games October 29, 2016

Valve Unveils Prototypes Of New SteamVR Controller That Allows Players To Grab Objects In Games: When Will It Come To The HTC Vive?

At a conference, Valve unveiled prototypes of new SteamVR controllers that allow users to grab, grip and let go of objects within virtual reality. The device will look to challenge the Oculus Touch controllers for the Oculus Rift.

Gadgets October 13, 2016

Steam Dev Days: New SteamVR Controller, Next-Generation Lighthouse Base Stations Teased

Valve announced a set of VR controllers for the HTC Vive that could allow greater flexibility of movement in virtual space during its annual Steam Dev Days conference.

Gadgets October 12, 2016

'Counter-Strike: Global Offensive' Reintroduces Grafitti, But Fans Aren't Too Thrilled About Its Implementation

Valve has finally reintroduced graffiti to 'Counter-Strike,' but this reunion has been one that many long-time players would rather do without.

Video Games October 7, 2016

Beyond Virtual Reality: HTC Vive VR Headset Helps A Legally Blind Man See Clearly For The First Time

Jamie Soar, a legally blind man from England, says that the HTC Vive VR Headset helped him see clearly for the first time. Soar suffers from Retinitis Pigmentosa, which causes retina cells to break down.

Gadgets October 3, 2016

Steam Pulls Digital Homicide's Games After It Sued 100 Users Of The Community For $18 Million, Devs Respond

Valve pulls all of Digital Homicides' games off Steam after the game developer/publisher sued 100 anonymous Steam users. Digital Homicide responds and is currently seeking legal representation for what can possibly be a lawsuit against Valve.

Business Tech September 18, 2016

Valve Goes One Step Too Far With Latest Change To Steam User Reviews

Valve is putting up a fight against review scammers on Steam. However, the legit small developers are the ones who are taking the brunt of the impact.

Video Games September 13, 2016

HTC Vive Wireless VR Prototype To Be Revealed This Fall

Come this fall, Quark VR and Valve may have a solution to one of the HTC Vive's greatest problems: the wire. The two have been working together for the past few months in order to make the headset wireless.

Video Games September 1, 2016

Valve Updates 'No Man's Sky' Steam Page With Important Refund-Related Notice

The many refund requests seem to be taking a toll on retails. Valve recently updated the 'No Man's Sky' Steam page to reflect the rules and that no one is exempt from it.

Video Games August 30, 2016

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