Google Stadia is coming to town

If anyone remember's OnLive streaming service you probably rolled your eyes today seeing that Stadia announcement. But this time that kind of service might actually work because it has millions of dollars behind it and potential user base is huge. Play anywhere straight from YouTube Imagine playing the Doom remake in 4K @ 60 FPS on your smartphone, crappy tablet, Chromecast (which means your Smart TV too!) or notebook. Just…

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Will GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) affect Steam?

The GDPR regulation is almost here. After May 25th all companies that opearate in European Union are bound to respect the new laws and our privacy. Steam is going to need to get consent from EU individuals to obtain and store personally identifying information (like name, address, phone number, email etc). This should be performed by having a user "opt in" as under the GDPR regulations "consent cannot be assumed".…

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Prison for cheating in games? Yep! In South Korea.

South Korea has just started criminalizing the creation and distribution of aimbots, wall hacks, and anything else not allowed by a game's terms of service. Anyone convicted of doing any of those things could face up to 5 years in prison or $43,000 in fines. The law doesn't target esports specifically, although that would seem to be its most obvious target. Game makers like Valve, Blizzard, and Riot will no doubt welcome the new…

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Steam Inventory Helper extension adds new permissions that invade privacy

One of the best Chrome extensions for Steam was sold few days ago to CSGOFAST. They updated the extension adding new permissions that are not explained why do they need them, and that attack your privacy. When asked about it, they delete the questions instantly without addressing them on the official forums. Beware. Edit: New permissions required by the extension are:

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Steam: Subscriber Agreement 2016 Update

On January 1st 2016 Valve updated their subscriber agreement. Here are the most important parts: Valve is now selling hardware in the European Union (the Steam Controller and Steam Link). Hardware distribution in Europe will be the primary responsibility of Luxembourg subsidiary, known as Valve SARL. Digital content and services in Europe move back under our US company, Valve Corp., just as they were before the Luxembourg office opened in July…

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Electronic Arts: “Origin is not spyware”!

Origin is under fire in Germany, here’s some info from the Spiegel (via Eurogamer) – they mostly bash EA for (allegedly) accessing other programs without notifying users and giving “partners” free rein to collect information on “IP addresses, usage data, software, equipment, software usage and existing hardware peripherals” fingor marketing purposes. According to the Spiegel, these things may even violate German (and probably most of other European countries) privacy laws.…

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