Steam: Developer & publisher pages now in beta

Steam introduced the Creator Homepages (currently in beta). It should players to discover and connect with new and existing developers. You can follow the developers and publishers or even get notified of any changes in their catalogs. That's pretty neat! How does it work? Any developer or publisher on the platform can now set up a customized homepage to showcase their full catalog of titles and content. Once set up,…

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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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Dead Space 3 to include micro-transactions…

Eurogamer just revealed that Dead Space 3 includes micro-transactions as part of its weapon crafting system. They’ve spotted mention of "downloadable content" during a recent hands-on play session with the game. The message pops up when you don't have enough resources to piece together the new weapon you're after. It states: "Cannot craft. Additional resources required." These resources (materials, scrap parts and the like) can be picked up by the…

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Brazilian issues with games

Recently a Brazilian gamer contacted us over Steam saying that they have a lot of problems with Steam in Brazil. First of all, the retail game distribution sucks over there, it sucks so much that they can’t even buy games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (or other Steam registerable games) in stores, they are forced to buy them on Steam which is obviously overpriced as usual. Games from…

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