Category of various publishers and developers news.

Gabe is more than fine… financially

Forbes editors have decided to estimate Gabe Newell’s fortune recently. As you realize there’s a list with the richest people in the world on which Gabe turned out to be… 854. This may sound not that great right? But as it turns out, if he wanted to sell his shares to someone else, he would be richer by $ 1.5 billion. Just imagine how much does he earn by month……

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Valve patents for controller

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Valve said to be working on ‘Steam Box’ gaming console with partners, could announce at GDC

Recently there’s been chatter that Valve — the company behind the massively popular gaming service Steam — has been considering getting into the hardware business. Specifically, there have been rumors that the company has been toying with the idea of creating a proper set-top console which could potentially pose a threat to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Valve co-founder Gabe Newell even recently told Penny Arcade: “Well, if we have to sell hardware we will.”

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Assassin’s Creed, Might and Magic, Settlers unplayable during Ubisoft server switch

Online modes for the majority of Ubisoft games will be impacted next week when the company moves its gaming servers. PC and Mac gamers will find several games completely unavailable online and offline. Ubisoft will start transitioning its online services from next Tuesday, 7th February. PC games scheduled to go dark include Tom Clancy's HAWX 2, Might & Magic: Heroes 6 and The Settlers 7. Mac gamers will lose access…

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Ubisoft’s idiotic DRM strikes again!

If you were planning to buy Anno 2070, you should know that it is limited to only 3 activations and if you replace your, say, graphics card more than thrice, you can say goodbye to the game. What exactly is Ubisoft’s thought process behind such a strategy for the PC market? Yes, we know they have been talking about how piracy is rampant, and how almost “95% of the PC…

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Gabe Newell: Piracy is a “Non-issue” to Valve; Providing better Services Will Result in More Sales

In a recent interview with TCS, Gabe Newell explained why Valve is so successful. Recently we posted how Ubisoft were abandoning the PC market due to piracy, and imposing heavy DRM on their customers, but according to Newell that’s not really the right way to go about it. He said that there is a general misconception about piracy, and it’s not really the high cost that forces people to pirate.…

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Ubisoft: I Am Alive cancelled on the PC; “so few people are paying for the PC games”, “there’s so much pirating”

I Am Alive will probably not be coming to PC, the game's creative director Stanislas Mettra claims. The problem with releasing a PC edition is that piracy makes profitably uncertain. Ubisoft is aware of the fact that PC gamers want the game too so here's Mettra's official statement regarding a PC release: "We’ve heard loud and clear that PC gamers are bitching about there being no version for them," said Mettra.…

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UPDATE: EA faces lawsuit for breaking PS3 Battlefield promise

EA is being taken to court for failing to keep its promise that the PlayStation 3 version of Battlefield 3 would include a free copy of Battlefield 1943. As reported by Kotaku, US law firm Edelson McGuire filed a class action suit against EA today on behalf of disgruntled PS3 owners. The suit isn't focusing on the fact that EA went back on its promise, but that it was announced…

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Origin to power Wii U online

Electronic Arts is helping Nintendo in development of the Wii Uonline service, according to reports, and is bidding to make its Origin service a key part of the upcoming console's online offering. According to an EA intern, speaking to WiiUGo, the console's online service will offer voice and video chat, leaderboards and friends lists. Nintendo has previously said its approach to Wii U online will be "much more flexible," which…

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Nintendo stands against DLC

Reggie Fils-Aime of Nintendo has just stated why their games don’t provide DLC: “When we sell a game, we want the consumer to feel that they’ve had a complete experience. We’re unwilling to sell a piece of a game upfront and, if you will, force a consumer to buy more later. That’s what [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" padding="" margin_top="0px" margin_bottom="0px" class=""…

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Burnout Paradise for free, if you live in the UK

People at HotUkDeals have figured out how to get Burnout Paradise for free via EA’s Origin service – in the UK, at least. Open the Origin client, do a search for Burnout Paradise, add it to your basket, check out and then enter the word “PARADISE” (in caps) as the Promo Code. It’s worth noting that if you choose to pay by PayPal you won’t have to enter any credit…

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Official Steam forums hacked?

The Steam forums are currently offline.

"The Steam Forums are temporarily offline for maintenance. Your patience is appreciated."

Valve is yet to comment on the situation, but some users have reported what looks like a breach that occurred last night.

Images, below, show the forum redesigned slightly to contain a message from FknOwned.com, a website that offers video game hacks.

And emails from Steampowered.com were sent to some users containing the following:

"Ever wanted to dominate the servers you play on with guaranteed results, but you were too afraid to cheat because of ban risks? Visit [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” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][removed domain] It’s safe, secure and undetected.

"Along with hacks, we’ve also got some general discussion sections, hacking tutorials and tools, porn, free giveaways and much more. This site has been conditioned to meet all your needs in terms of resources so be sure to take a look and tell us what you think.

"Thanks again, the fkn0wned team."

At this stage there is no evidence to suggest that users’ details have been compromised, or that Steam accounts have been breached.

The problem may only relate to the vBulletin forum software Valve uses for Steampowered. However, there may be an issue if gamers use the same username and password combination for the Steam forum as they do for Steam itself.

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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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Gabe Newell on pricing and free to play

Gabe Newell discussed the difference between silently discounting a game and making a big sale. When they quietly lowered prices, they found it to be elastic (sales increase proportionally, so the overall revenue remains the same), but… "The sale is a highly promoted event that has ancillary media like comic books and movies associated with it. We do a 75 percent price reduction, our Counter-Strike experience tells us that our…

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93,000 Sony accounts were accessed by hackers… again!

93,000 accounts, 60,000 were PlayStation Network / Sony Entertainment Network accounts, and 33,000 were Sony Online Entertainment accounts. It amounts to one tenth of one per cent of Sony's total PSN, SEN and SOE audience. Sony has locked the accounts affected. Of the 93,000 accounts accessed, only a small fraction showed additional activity prior to being locked, Sony said. It is reviewing these accounts for unauthorised access. "Please note, if…

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Agreed to Origin/BF3 EULA? EA may collect and share your data!

It’s already known that Origin will be required to play Battlefield 3 on the PC, and at first, it seemed like just another digital download service, however, some might find it disturbing that, according to the Origin EULA, EA collects information about your computer, the software installed on it, its hardware, not only to “improve the service”, but they can also pass on this data to third parties, as the…

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Battlefield 3 Open Beta

Open Beta starts Thursday, September 29th (9 days from today)! It’s gonna be available until October 10th (so it will last for 11 days). Source: Battlefield Blog

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