5th Anniversary Giveaway is up!

Hello guys, another way to get some free Steam games! Click here to join. Giveaway ends on December 26th. You need an account to participate - create it here (login with Steam, Facebook etc.).

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Cyber Monday deals up on Amazon – cheaper up to 80%!

From now through December 31, 2013, purchase anything from the Digital Games Store and get a $5 promotional credit to spend in the month of January on our Editor’s Choice Best Games of 2013 (Editor’s Choice titles will be selected in the coming weeks). Customers will receive a $5 promotional credit for each qualifying purchase, but the promotional credits cannot be stacked on top of each other when they are used. Customers who qualify for…

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id Software president leaves after 17 years

After 17 years at id software, president Todd Hollenshead has left the studio, publisher Bethesda has confirmed. Hollenshead joined id in 1996 as CEO, but was moved to president when id was acquired by Zenimax Media in 2009. "After many years with the studio, Todd Hollenshead decided to leave id Software to pursue other personal interests," Bethesda VP Pete Hines told IGN. "While Todd was not part of the development teams,…

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Poll Time: Your most anticipated game of this year’s E3?

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Green Man Gaming – End of May sale!

This goes as a part of this weekend’s Weekend Deals! In addition to all the deals and vouchers running this weekend we've got a lot of 24 and 48 hour ONLY deals. If you want these you'll need to get in quick as soon as they start! Available from Friday 1600 UTC: Batman Arkham City GOTY at 75% off (48-hour deal) Bastion at 75% off (48-hour deal) Sonic & SEGA…

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Microsoft doesn’t consider Valve as competition

Valve finally prepares to roll out prototypes for its Steam Box in as little as four months. During a talk at Microsoft’s TechForum conference earlier this week (via The Verge), Microsoft’s head of Interactive Entertainment Business Don Mattrick - that’s “Xbox boss” - said a simple “no” in response to being asked if he considers Valve a competitor. Thankfully, Mattrick keeps his respect just as high as his confidence, stating…

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Valve fires few people, including Jason Holtman

Here’s some sad (?) news. Copy pasta from Gamasutra: Several employees were let go from Steam andHalf-Life maker Valve on Tuesday. The lay offs affected couple of employees (approx. 25) describing the incident include "great cleansing" and "large decisions." Affected employees were asked not to speak about specifics, but the impression we get is that these cuts were driven more by company challenges than by individual performance issues. After reports…

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EU Commission explains pricing, availability and more

I’ve just received another e-mail with further details about Valve, Steam and pricing in European Union in general. Go ahead and read it. As I mentioned in my previous e-mail, EU competition law generally does not restrict the freedom of companies to unilaterally decide whether and what to sell in which country. There is no EU competition law rule that obliges private companies such as Valve Software to market the…

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Valve Pushes Out Half-Life For Linux

Valve has ported Half-Life to Linux. If you already own Half-Life on Steam just open it up on Linux and you can download it without any additional fees. If you didn't buy the game a decade ago, Valve still sells Half-Life on Steam for a price of $9.99 (in USA). The Linux port of this game, which is powered by the "GoldSrc" engine (a heavily-modified Quake engine), is currently considered…

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Poll Time: What’s your most anticipated game of 2013?

Here’s another poll for you guys, this time we’re asking about the most anticipated (or best) game of 2013, you’ve seen the trailers, sneak previews and all that crap so just go ahead and vote. We will try to get some of those games for this year’s lotteries/giveaways and I’m happy to announce that we have planned lotteries for: spring, summer, halloween and of course winter holidays! We’re actively looking…

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The Verge: Gabe Newell’s exclusive interview on Steam Box

Check out this cool interview with Gabe Newell, talking about Steam Box, biometrics and Windows 8!

Gabe Newell on The Verge

So you’re working on your own Steam Box hardware. Why work with so many partners when you have your own ideal design in mind?

What we see is you’ve got this sort of struggle going on between closed proprietary systems and open systems. We think that there are pluses and minuses to open systems that could make things a little messier, it’s much more like herding cats, so we try to take the pieces where we’re going to add the best value and then encourage other people to do it. So it tends to mean that a lot of people get involved. We’re not imposing a lot of restrictions on people on how they’re getting involved.

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Steam for Linux coming in 2013

Valve is expected to have the initial Steam Linux client available along with the Left 4 Dead 2 game in some form of beta soon, full-blown Linux push by Valve Software might not happen until around February of 2013. Valve has already been showing off Steam on Linux to partners and Left 4 Dead 2 is in decent standing: L4D2 is faster on Linux than Windows with the NVIDIA binary…

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