Former Valve developer opens up – is Steam killing PC gaming?

Former Valve Software employee Richard Geldreich posted some really interesting insights on Twitter lately. According to the guy Steam was killing the PC gaming for years. Starting 2009 that is. This is when they've introduced different regional currencies and tiers in the store. Geldreich worked at Valve from 2009 to 2014 and claims that the company has ruthless internal politics whatever that means. Steam is in big trouble lately, games…

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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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Steam launches new wishlist design, Lunar New Year Sale now up!

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…

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Steam: Gifting system has been improved!

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…

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Valve wants to shutdown Team Fortress 2 gambling sites

If you're unfamiliar with how skin gambling works in Team Fortress 2 it's basically a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive clone made by Valve. They have released the following statement recently: "In July of last year we outlined our position on gambling web sites, specifically noting that Valve has no business relationship with these sites. At that time we also began blocking many CS:GO gambling accounts... More recently, some gambling web sites started leveraging…

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Steam update adds library management options and Xbox controller configuration

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…

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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. The new update is called Discovery Update 2.0 - the next milestone of the Discovery Update released in 20014. Valve did a lot…

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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. Steam video library keeps on expanding, over the last few months they have added a lot of videos to the library,…

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Steam: Major update coming soon!

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…

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SteamSpy: The 2016 Steam Summer Sale was a success

According to SteamSpy, a really cool website that shows interesting data and statistics from the Steam store, discounts were actually reduced from 2015, but the overall revenue was way up. Which basically means they've made a lot more money with a lot worse deals. About 36.8 million copies of games were sold during the 2016 Summer Sale, compared to 33 million sold in 2015. There was also a huge increase in Steam users at…

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Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC): Another proof that false positive bans are real

Since I've started using Steam back in 2007 I had this little obsession of mine, well more of a concern. You see, every now and then I have some sort of paranoia that I might get VAC banned for no reason, like I sometimes read online. I used to be very cautious of what I'm running in the background, even if it's just a music player. Who knows how Steam/VAC…

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The Steam sales are getting worse!

Every time there is a Steam sale on the horizon I think of buying something but when the event launches and I see the main store page I just can't browse it. Why? The store displays all of the offers randomly, which means I can't focus on any particular offer. I really preferred the old way of presenting sales on Steam, it was much more eye friendly. The store browse…

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You can’t gift Counter-Strike: Global Offensive during the Summer Sale

I wanted to buy a copy for my buddy yesterday and I saw that the game was not giftable at all, I couldn't even buy it to my inventory. It just said I already have the game and can't do that. Meanwhile people on reddit were going nuts and some guy from Valve responded with this: This is how you get the alternative stores more popular Valve, not the other…

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Valve’s Steam controller is selling badly

According to the latest data, Valve has sold around 500 000 Steam controllers which isn't exactly the best number. They have been officially selling the controller since November 2015. It's been over half a year and what's even worse the number also includes all of the controllers sold with Steam Machines (all of them have at least one controller bundled). It appears that Valve's hardware isn't popular at all and…

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Former Valve employee files lawsuit over wrongful dismissal

Remember that community translation drama on Steam? Former Valve employee files a $3.1 million lawsuit over wrongful dismissal. The suit also alleges employee misclassification and a hostile work environment. Read the suit here - it claims that the employee's primary responsibility was translating content into Spanish, although she also served as a liaison with law enforcement in Spanish-speaking countries and worked in customer service as well. In 2012, she elected to undergo gender transition surgery,…

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SteamVR Performance Test measures your system’s power

Hey guys, I have no idea if you are following the latest virtual reality boom around the world but I honestly think that's just a gimmick like PlayStation Move controllers, Xbox Kinect and Wii sport/move games. Everyone knows they are on the market but no one really plays them more than once ;) Anyway you can now check if your system is VR ready or not. It checks your GPU, CPU…

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Few words about Valve’s employee (Head Admin and creator of STS)

Here is some really bad info from reddit/r/Steam guys, Victor, a translator and ex-moderator from the Spanish Steam Translation Server team, posted a really concerning message regarding Steam Translation Server program: "Valve employee also known for being the Head Admin and creator of STS, has been harassing, lying, discrediting, creating an oppressive, intimidating environment, and overall doing questionable things that have finished with several mods being kicked, a strike of the whole…

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Poll Time: Is your local currency available on Steam?

We all know that prices on Steam could be really uneven in some regions. Especially after that sneaky conversion that happened in 2008. We've tried to change that but it didn't work, they simply wouldn't care. But maybe they do now? Valve started to add more local currencies to Steam over the years and in some regions prices are starting to look much better, even better than they were in…

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Valve ignores Windows 10 Mobile

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…

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Here is why Steam customer service is still terrible but will get better this holiday season

In recent Kotaku interview with Erik Johnson about the current Steam Support, Valve employee told that progress is being made on Valve’s side of things, it's just not visible yet: “We started by realizing we had a lot of software to write to build a new support system,” Johnson explained. “The first feature that came of that was the ability to get refunds of purchases made on Steam. That made the most sense…

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New currencies coming to Steam this year

Starting later this year, Steam will begin supporting local currencies and payment methods for some additional countries. Which ones? Here they are: South Korean Won (KRW) Swiss Franc (CHF) Indian Rupee (INR) Chinese Yuan Renminbi (CNY) Chilean Peso (CLP) Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN) Columbian Peso (COP) South African Rand (ZAR) Taiwan New Dollar (TWD) Saudi Riyal (SAR) Hong Kong Dollar (HKD) United Arab Emirates Dirham (AED) The rollout will occur…

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