Gabe Newell: Modders absolutely need to be compensated

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…

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Chance to win Hatred thanks to Destructive Creations!

Heyyyy! Thanks to Destructive Creations - a Polish independent studio - I'm proudly presenting our brand new giveaway. In this one you'll have a chance to win Hatred for Steam! If you're not familiar with the title... well lets say it's been pretty controversial, got removed from Greenlight (for the psychotic idea I guess?) and resurrected by the Gaben himself later on. Now it's available on Steam for €16,66 and…

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Valve listens… at least for now.

Here's good news guys. Few days ago Gabe Newell showed up on reddit, acting like he doesn't know what the big deal is about. On Thursday I was flying back from LA. When I landed, I had 3,500 new messages. Hmmm. Looks like we did something to piss off the Internet. Yesterday I was distracted as I had to see my surgeon about a blister in my eye (#FuchsDystrophySucks), but…

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Valve’s business increased by 50 percent last year

Gabe Newell stepped up to the stage during last week’s BAFTA awards to receive the prestigious Academy Fellowship for his contributions to gaming. Newell credited Valve’s successes largely to user-generated content on open platforms such as Steam Workshop before sharing some jaw-dropping numbers. “There’s sort of an insatiable demand for gaming right now,” Newell said. “I think our business has grown by about 50 percent on the back of opportunities…

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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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Gabe Newell’s new vision for Steam: More choice

Gabe commented on Steam's approval process: Steam is a "dictatorship" and that has to change. At a candid talk at the University of Texas recently, Newell outlined his vision of where Steam is going: doing away with the approval process, converting Steam into a network API that any developer can call, transferring ownership of its "boring" storefront to its users and, surprisingly, killing off the "Greenlight" crowd-voted approval process introduced…

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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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Valve will release its own console with Linux based Steam on board

At last night's Video Game Awards, Gabe Newell confirmed the company's plans to sell its own living room PC that could compete with next-generation consoles from Sony and Microsoft. The biggest revelation is that Valve seems set to release its own complete hardware and software solution. Newell says that he expects companies to start selling PCs designed for the living room next year and that Valve will create its own…

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EA wants to buy Valve for $1 000 000 000

  Electronic Arts has reportedly been making a play to purchase Half-Life and Portal studio Valve. The New York Times reports that EA has sought to purchase the firm for years, valuing the company at well over $1 billion. Valve isn't likely to sell to anyone anytime soon. According to "people with knowledge of the discussion," the talks did not progress far. Valve's finances are private, but a Forbes report…

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Gabe Newell calls Windows 8 a catastrophe

Operating system Windows 8 will be a "catastrophe" for PC game makers, according to Valve Software's boss. Speaking at the Casual Connect game conference in Seattle, Gabe Newell said the next version of Windows could mean big changes to the PC market. Many took his comment as a criticism of the changed user interface in Windows 8 as well as its built-in Windows Store. The Windows Store could dent the…

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EA: Origin won’t copy Steam 75% off sales

Origin boss David DeMartini told Gamesindustry International that random deep-discounting of games "cheapens" intellectual property, and promised not to copy the practice. "We won't be doing that," he said, bluntly. "Obviously they think it's the right thing to do after a certain amount of time. I just think it cheapens your intellectual property. “ "I know both sides of it, I understand it. If you want to sell a whole…

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Steam soon to introduce used game selling and new refund policy!

YES! Finally Valve Software has decided that soon all Steam users will be able to sell or give away their own “used” games off their Steam accounts. Here is what Gabe Newell said: “We are happy to announce that soon (May 1st) all Steam users who bought at least one game using Steam will be able to give away or resell their own Steam games to their friends. All of…

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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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Message from Gabe

Here’s a message from Gabe about the recent database leak: Dear Steam Users and Steam Forum Users We continue our investigation of last year's intrusion with the help of outside security experts. In my last note about this, I described how intruders had accessed our Steam database but we found no evidence that the intruders took information from that database. That is still the case.   Recently we learned that…

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Steam app comes from many direct requests from Steam users

Gabe Newell said that it’s going to be a great addition and was a result of many direct requests from their customers. “The Steam app comes from many direct requests from our customers,” he said “Seeing which of your friends are online and playing a game, sending quick messages, looking at screenshots for an upcoming game, or catching a sale – these are all features customers have requested. Mobile is…

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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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Gabe Newell promises 3 big surprises in next 12 months!

In the latest issue of PC Gamer Magazine, Gabe has given his word that 3 big announcements are going to be made by Valve within the next 12 months. Here’s what Gabe said exactly:   I can guarantee you people are going to be surprised at stuff we do. That isn’t going to stop any time soon. I’m just laughing because… people will be shocked again. We have three pretty…

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