Valve hit with $2.1 million USD fine by Australian courts

This has been on the net for a while now but due to holiday season I didn’t have much time to post this, anyway Valve lost its legal battle against Australia’s competition watchdog earlier this year. It’s all because of refunds.

An Australian court has ruled that Valve must pay $2.15 million USD fine following the loss of its legal battle against the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

The fine is the maximum requested by the regulatory body, and according to the Sydney Morning Herald was imposed because of Valve’s disregard for Australian law when it set up shop in the country.

Valve’s refund policy has changed dramatically since the suit was filed—it now offers refunds on just about everything, “for any reason”—but that apparently didn’t impress the judge on the case.

Valve will be required from now on to post a notice on its Australian website, in size 14 type, informing consumers of their rights.

Source: PC Gamer

By | December 28th 15:51, 2016|Categories: Entertainment, Games, News, OMG!1, Steam, Steam Flaws|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Steam Store: Discovery Update 2.0 is now live!

The Steam store has been updated today. It has a lot of new functional settings and finally looks better! I bet most of you guys won’t be able to switch to the new UI just yet, but lets all agree we needed a change after all these years.

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The new update is called Discovery Update 2.0 – the next milestone of the Discovery Update released in 20014. Valve did a lot of good work on this one. The new design reduces the number of clicks you need to do in case you want to find something. The old store was a mess. Especially with all of those Early Access Titles on the main page, you can finally hide them!

Valve is now enforcing real screenshots in the store for each game – not some Photoshop bullshit ones.

Here are the highlights of the update!

Quick Access:

More direct links to common destinations. Plus, sections you probably didn’t even know we had.

Personalize (FINALLY!):

Now in the upper-right corner of every game image you will find a quick menu of options including quick access to your Preferences, allowing you to further customize your Steam shopping experience.

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Recently Viewed:

Quickly get back to products you’ve been browsing.

Friends Activity:

Whether it’s a hot new release, joining a special event, or getting back into a game that was recently updated, now it’s easy to tell what your friends are excited about.

Expanded Curators:

If you are following Steam curators, we’ve added a clickable preview of their latest reviews and recommendations.

More of the good stuff:

  • there is a top sellers list based on country now
  • the translations have been updated
  • Steam now notifies you if a game from your wishlist is on sale
  • the review system has been updated too

More new features listed here.

Call of Duty Infinite Warfare: You won’t be able to play with Steam players if you bought the game on Windows Store

I have no idea who the fuck thought that’s a good idea but according to Activision’s support page you won’t be able to play online with your friends who bought the game on Steam or Windows Store. You either have to own one or another to play with your friends!

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Also you can’t even play between Windows 10 and Xbox One players. So you’re probably out of luck if you bought it on Windows Store, for some odd reason, because I really doubt a great number of players are going to buy it there, multiplayer is probably going to be dead after few months…

I do understand that Microsoft simply didn’t want the game client to install Steam in the background but if this thing continues and games are going to be non-playable online between platforms (just like consoles?) this is going to suck big time.

Halloween Giveaway 2016

Update: If you left your comment here it counts too, fuck it :D, I’ll just pick winners from both places.

It’s here! This time around you will have a chance to win some nice Steam games including a few spooky, horror games. Simply go here and leave a comment. Winners are going to be picked at random.

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By | October 31st 12:02, 2016|Categories: Entertainment, Free, Games, Giveaways, News, Steam|Tags: , , , , |9 Comments

Halloween Giveaway 2016 coming October 31st!

You will have a chance to win some scary Steam games! Come back on October 31st to participate in our annual Halloween Giveaway. No bullshit likes, no subscriptions. This time you will have to leave a comment under special Steam group post. That’s it. Winners are going to be picked few days after.

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Steam: Mobile app update coming in early 2017

According to various media around the globe Valve Software is currently working on it’s Steam mobile app. It appears that in early 2017 you will be able to watch streams of some sort of video materials on your mobile device – documentaries, tutorials, full length movies and even TV shows.

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Steam video library keeps on expanding, over the last few months they have added a lot of videos to the library, although it’s limited by region it’s still pretty impressive.

Would you be using Steam instead of services like Netflix or HBO?

Game developer Digital Homicide banned by Valve!

Ever heard of Wyatt Derp? No? It’s fine, I bet most of us haven’t but the guys who created the game decided to sue 100 gamers who posted negative reviews on Steam. For $18 million! Yep.

The have a history of suing, especially game critic Jim Sterling (from YouTube) with a ridiculous $10 million lawsuit for posting rude video reviews of their games since 2014. They were pretty fun to watch!

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But suing regular players is just another level of madness. Valve decided to remove every single mention of that game developer from Steam (games like Wyatt Derp, Temper Tantrum, and The Slaughtering Grounds). If you have bought their games you can still play them from your Steam account.

“Valve has stopped doing business with Digital Homicide for being hostile to Steam customers,” Valve VP of marketing Doug Lombardi

Good job Valve, we appreciate that!

By | September 19th 12:16, 2016|Categories: Entertainment, Games, Indie, News, OMG!1, Peasantry, RAGE NEWS!!!1, Steam|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Battlerite: FREE closed beta keys inside!

Hey guys! Thanks to prawn I’ve received two three beta keys for Battlerite, the closed beta ends tomorrow.

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So if you’re interested please go ahead and use one of the Steam keys below:

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Please respect the NDA and don’t post any screenshots, videos or streams from the beta until September 20th.

By | September 16th 15:07, 2016|Categories: Free, Games, Giveaways, News, Steam|Tags: , , , , |46 Comments