The new European Union's law guarantees access to the same content for all EU member states. On April 1st 2018 the new law is in effect! From now on all content on digital platforms like Netflix, Amazon, Steam and any other digital service has to be accessible to all countries of the European Union. That's it This is amazing news, something we've all wanted has finally happened after around 10 years of waiting, on the other hand that could mean increased prices (hopefully not) and things like no content of some sort at all in European Union. Unavailable subtitles for movies and shows on Netflix are the things of past! Before the Digital Single Market law you couldn't watch let's say a movie with Polish subtitles while visiting Spain for example (been there, done that) which sucked really hard especially if the things you were watching weren't in English (or other languages that you know). Now let's just wait and see what happens next, are they going to adhere to the new law? Is content going to change severely? Source: European Commission
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Remember how Steam used to look like crap on higher DPI settings on Windows or Linux? Not anymore! Activate the latest Steam beta to see how it looks like under other than default DPI settings. Here's a screenshot from 125% DPI mode on Windows 10 at 1080p:
Yay! Steam updated it's website a little bit today, just in time for the Lunar New Year Sale. At first the Steam wishlist was missing an essential thing... . But Valve Software has fixed it pretty much right away, the wishlist looks weird on mobile but that's just needs a quick fix I guess. Here are is a quick screenshot of the new Steam wishlist in case you're not able to login to Steam at the moment:
Free Weekends on Steam are great! This time we have three games to try. Homefront The Revolution Homefront®: The Revolution is an open-world first person shooter where you must lead the Resistance movement in guerrilla warfare against a superior military force. Download the game and play now - FOR FREE! H1Z1 H1Z1 is a fast-paced, highly competitive, battle royale shooter. Parachute in and search for weapons, ammo, vehicles and supplies to stay alive. MAKE EVERY BODY COUNT. Download the game and play now - FOR FREE! Killing Floor 2 6-player co-op Zed-slaughtering mayhem. And now, 12-player Versus Survival mode, too - now you can BE the Zeds! The winter event is on in the game - Krampus Christmas. Download the game and play now - FOR FREE! Naturally all of those are currently on sale so if you like any of those games you should grab them now or wait until the big Steam winter sale that's coming up real fast.
In case you didn't know Steam is introducing a lot of new currencies to the store worldwide, including Polish Złoty. If you have any money in your Steam Wallet and it happens to be in Euros €€€ then you might get fucked. You see, they have sent an e-mail about it recently and Steam is going to convert the cash you have to your local currency. Why are you out of luck? If they convert it on their own currency exchange rates (which is 3.59zł for €0.99 instead of 4.18zł) you will loose some money. Here's a quick example: If you have charged your Steam wallet with let's say €25 you paid around 105 Polish Złoty for it. Now if they convert it with their exchange rate you're going to have around 90 Polish Złoty. If not you're all good. But if they do... you're going to loose around 15zł, if you can spend that Steam Wallet funds on something do it now I guess, but it all depends on the price of games. Valve is going to leave the new exchange rate as a suggestion for game publishers/developers but if they're going to even the prices to western Europe…
Steam is having 3 major sales soon, check out the list below! Steam sales: Halloween Sale starts on October 26th and ends on November 1st Black Friday Sale starts on November 22nd and ends on November 28th Winter Sale starts on December 21st and ends on January 4th 2018 Along with those they will gradually introduce new currencies and regional pricing.
I know this is rather old news but I don't have much time to post here. I can't believe this is finally happening... after 9 fucking years (!) Steam introduces more currencies to the Steam store. Details below! This is an e-mail to all Steamworks developers from Valve Software - New currencies to expect on Steam: "Pricing should be entered as soon as possible, with display of these new currencies scheduled to go live in time for our 2017 Autumn and Winter Sales. To enter pricing, sign in to the Steamworks Developer Site and select Pricing from the Apps & Packages drop-down. You will see green-colored recommendations filled in for new currencies, based on your selected USD base price. These recommended prices can be accepted or adjusted at your discretion. As a reminder, if you do not have pricing entered for a country after a local currency is set live on the Steam storefront, your game will be unavailable for sale in that country." "We have also updated our recommended pricing matrix for new and existing currencies. Our goal is to update these recommendations annually, so as to better help developers succeed in markets worldwide. Pricing decisions on Steam are…
Steam Gifting will now be a system of direct exchange from gift buyer to gift receiver - Valve has removed the Gift to E-mail and Gift to Inventory options. Benefits from the new system: Scheduling Gifts Is Even More Straightforward. Go ahead and buy a gift months in advance and have it delivered to a friend on time, every time. Declined Gifts Resolve The Way They Should. In the old system, a declined gift would sneak back into the giver's inventory and remain on their bill. Now, if a recipient already has the title, or just doesn't want it, they can click decline and the purchase is refunded directly to the gift giver. Safe Cross-Country Gifting. No more worrying if a Gift to E-mail or Gift to Inventory is going to work for a friend, gifts sent through the new system will always work on the receiver's account. When there is a large difference in pricing between countries, gifting won't be available and you'll know before purchase. These changes are now available. Pre-existing gifts will be unaffected by this change.
Update: As DoubleD pointed out in the comment below: This is not about Greenlight games…. It’s about the Greenlight fee you had to pay in order to put something on Greenlight. Sorry for the retardation :D I didn't realize what I wrote... That's right, from now on you can request a refund for those shitty Greenlight games that you've bought. At least according to this reddit post.
Remember the last time when Valve tried to introduce paid mods on Steam? It didn't go well and it did not survive contact with the PC gaming community. When the proposal was announced in April 2015 with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim as a pilot game it mostly got negative feedback. Shortly after that Valve removed the feature altogether. To some gamers the notion of paying modders for their work was contrary to the spirit of modding. Many suggested a donation scheme for Steam Workshop modders as an alternative to traditional pricing. "We underestimated the differences between our previously successful revenue sharing models, and the addition of paid mods to Skyrim's workshop," Valve's Alden Kroll wrote at the time. "We understand our own game's communities pretty well, but stepping into an established, years old modding community in Skyrim was probably not the right place to start iterating. We think this made us miss the mark pretty badly, even though we believe there's a useful feature somewhere here." "... modders create a lot of value, and we think that … absolutely they need to be compensated, they're creating value and the degree to which they're not being accurately compensated is a bug in the…
It's time! Even more stuff is coming to Steam it seems. Someone at SteamDB found a lot of hints in one of the latest Steam Beta releases - the new UI design is not all. Apps, comics, music, TV shows and movies are on their way. Some of the game icon choices are weird for example an eight-year-old Mirror's Edge cover so it basically looks like a placeholder image. It may not even be a current Valve artist's vision, but something an employee downloaded and put up in the files. The most interesting element is this image, where we can see a Windows desktop. The date on that screenshot is 12/7/2016, and whoever owns this desktop recently downloaded netflix_master_sign-in.gif. Is Valve trying to integrate Netflix into Steam and it's Steam Link devices or machines running Steam OS? This would absolutely crash the competition IMO. Recently released Steam beta removed the files which only confirms that their inclusion was a mistake.
Two weeks ago Valve released a beta update to the Steam client. They've added configuration support for Xbox 360 and Xbox One controllers, along with any generic controllers as well. That feature is now available to everyone! PlayStation 4 controllers support has been added last month. From now on you can connect and use virtually any console gamepad with Steam. "Note that because X-Input currently lacks per-controller means of unique identification, all controllers of that type will share personalization and configuration settings," Valve says. "As they share the same inputs, Xbox 360/One/Generic controllers will all see each-others configurations when browsing. Automatic conversion will be attempted when loading configurations from other controller types." But that's not all, they've also added rumble support for Xbox controllers and recognition of more third-party PS4 gamepads, such as: HORI, Madcatz, and Armor pads and flight sticks. Beyond controller support, the latest Steam client fixes several issues, including one that could cause the client to hang when the computer wakes from sleep mode. Valve also added overlay support for new Windows 10 Insider preview builds and showed some love for Linux with updates and bug fixes. Additionally if you right-click on a game in your library, you'll also…
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. 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?
It's been a while since I've posted some Steam news, but according to couple of sources online Valve is probably going to launch a brand new Steam Store UI soon. They are planning a refresh of the home page design itself, while it will also introduce a prominent "Popular Among Friends" section. With the new update, Steam curators will apparently be able to clearly indicate whether their post is meant to be seen as recommended, not recommended or informational. "This helps us better understand whether a curation should be used to promote a game on the front page of Steam, or if it's intended to be informational that should primarily appear on the individual product page," Valve said. There will also be a column on the left side of the home page to include: new releases, top-sellers, recently updated titles, upcoming releases It's not yet known if they are going to update their heavily abandoned Windows client, that looks like software from 2005. We should receive a brand new program in my opinion, Big Picture mode looks great but the standard UI is a mess.
Hey, it seems that Game Mafia is now merged with Kinguin so I've removed it from the list. By the way the 3% off Kinguin code is now fixed! Also I've added chrono.gg to the list as they have a lot of nice deals and many people on reddit are happy with it. Check it out here: Chrono.gg was founded by four passionate gamers currently living in Huntsville, Alabama USA. Visit
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 2012. This is pretty interesting, the company claims that in practice, this changes nothing for our European customers. Valve claims to continue to operate with respect to relevant European laws, such as local data and consumer protection, and continue to provide the same services they have for years. Those who simply want to keep playing their games and are not making a purchase at this time are free to simply ignore the SSA update for now. It only takes effect for users who explicitly confirm it, usually during a new purchase. A full copy of the updated 2016 SSA is available for viewing here.
Some of you probably realize that Valve enforced secure trading on Steam by forcing users to use their mobile authenticator if they want their trades to go smooth. Turns out the app is only available for iOS and Android. All other people have to wait 3 days until their items are delivered to the buyer. There are also Steam Community discounts for people with this app and if you don't have the app you can't partake in those. I really had hope that someday soon we would see an universal app for Windows 10 Mobile which could be used on phones and tablets - with respective UI designs for each. There is a huge demand on Steam Community forums, here is a random thread with hundreds of replies. Windows 10 Mobile is installed on 7% of all active Windows phone devices (including my Lumia 640 LTE) and it didn't even officially come out yet on the older devices. Thinking that it's growing market share in Europe would matter enough right? Or 12% market share in Russia (bigger than Apple's iOS)? Wrong. Here is what Steam support has to say about it: [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent="yes" overflow="visible"][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type="1_1" background_position="left top" background_color="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" spacing="yes" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat"…
Here's what Valve thinks about giving game codes in exchange for Steam Greenlight votes: "When you give away copies of your game in exchange for votes, you put us in a really uncomfortable position." "We do not think these votes accurately reflect customer interest and it makes our job harder in deciding which games customers would actually buy and play on Steam." "Additionally. when you give away copies of your game for votes, then every other developer on Greenlight thinks that is now the thing they need to do in order to get noticed. We don't think that is healthy for the system or really what customers want." "We understand that running contests or giving away copies of your game can be viewed as a form of marketing. But for the purposes of Greenlight we don't think that giving away copies of your game in exchange for votes accurately reflects genuine customer interest." Finally some changes are coming to Greenlight. I personally hate this system because the Steam store is cluttered with shitty games all over the place without the ability to filter them out, I know there are some golden games on Greenlight that users love but most of…
The Steam Inventory Service is a brand new tool from Valve which feature allows developers to enable “persistent items that have been purchased or unlocked by individual users” without writing their own systems in support of this. “With this service, a game can easily drop items to customers based on playtime or can grant items based on specific situations or actions within the game,” said Valve. “These items can be marked as tradable through Steam or sellable via the Steam Marketplace. Developers can also configure recipes for crafting different combinations of items that result in more rare, unique, or valuable items.” It's a nice addition to Steamworks which provides the biggest digital store for the PC developers around the world, achievements, DRM and lots of other features.
Refunds are coming to Steam, it's not up to Valve anymore! European Union consumer rights directive is now in effect. You can request a refund for all digital sales in 14 days without questions if you live in European Union. This also means consumer protection is likely to spread across other countries like the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand. Just imagine, all the people who bought crappy games earlier could have reutrned them back - instead of being made upset. Call of Duty lied about dedicated servers, DayZ lies about being in a playable and testable state, and Colonial Marines lied about almost everything. All of those new games would have rightly suffered monetarily. This is great guys, we might have higher prices in 2015 but at least if it's shit we can give it back! Check back either on that reddit post or our site for more info soon. Have a great New Year's Eve and sorry for the lack of deals and news lately... coming back home after the weekend.
Well well, here's a nice update for the Steam store, it looks so much better now and has some improved features like recommended tags etc. and the client got a small visual update as well. Good job Valve now fix your prices in Europe! ;-) And here's the updated client, notice the little gamepad icon instead of BIG PICTURE button on the top right. The app seems less gray now and they've added some blue elements to it, it's still too gray for me though. Read more about new features and changes in here.