Valve puts limits on customers who haven't spent $5 on Steam to fight spamming and phishing schemes

April 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you haven't spent at least $5 on Steam for something then you will lose access to a number of services on Valve's digital distribution platform. According to this support page the new requirement is part of a new initiative to combat spam and phishing schemes - because accounts that engage in these sorts of activities typically are throw-away accounts that don't spend money on anything, according to Valve.

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Malwarebytes: scammers using Steam's artwork gallery to trick users

April 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Security research firm and antivirus software maker Malwarebytes has identified a new scam tied to Steam's artwork service.

These con artists upload publicly viewable images via Steam's artwork service and give them descriptions and external links that lead to fake online video streaming services like OfficialStreamTV or to a second launch pad on one of the several free blogging platforms.

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'GTA V' breaks concurrent user record on Steam for non-Valve game

April 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Steam release of Grand Theft Auto V set a new record for concurrent users on Valve's platform yesterday, pulling in just over 300,000 players at its peak, according to Valve. The record is for games not developed by Valve (such as Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike, Dota 2, etc.).

Grand Theft V beat out Skyrim's record for concurrent users set way back in 2011; Bethesda's popular RPG had 280,000 Steam players after selling more than 3.5 million units across PC and console in its first two days.

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Why 'GamerGate' and 'Vivian James' appear in the opening cinematic for 'Afterlife Empire'

April 9, 2015 - James Fudge

On April 7th The Fine Young Capitalists (TFYC) and Bogota, Colombia-based developer Autobotika launched Afterlife Empire on Steam Greenlight, along with a 15-second teaser video from the game (which appears to be the opening cinematic), a handful of screenshots, and lots of information about what players can expect when the game gets released in the second quarter of this year.

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Daybreak moves one million units of 'H1Z1' on Steam Early Access

March 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a tweet from Daybreak Game Studio president John Smedley, over one million copies of H1Z1 have been sold to date on Steam Early Access. The online open-world zombie survival game for PC hit Steam 'Early Access' program on January 15.

It had a rocky start at launch, but Daybreak (or the artist formerly known as Sony Online Entertainment) seems to have fixed a lot of the game's early quirks, bugs, and general shortcomings.

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Play 'Tropico 5' and 'Killing Floor' for free on Steam this weekend

March 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

This weekend on Steam you can play Killing Floor and Tropico 5 for free. And if you like either game you can purchase them at a deep discount - 75 percent off its normal price.

Killing Floor is a first-person cooperative survival shooter that supports up to six players at once. It offers single, multiplayer, and cross platform play.

Tropico 5 is the latest game in the political strategy simulation series from developer Haemimont Games.

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Digital refund policy now in effect for European Steam customers

March 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Beginning today, Steam users in countries under the banner of the European Union can get a refund for digital purchases. For up to 14 days from the date of the original purchase of an item, Steam users are entitled to a refund under European law and Valve officially announced via its Steam Subscriber Agreement that it is following that law:

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Steam users must now disclose paid endorsements

March 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve has added a new clause to its Steam Subscriber Agreement requiring individuals who receive some kind of compensation (free game key, money, or physical goods) to disclose it when using the Steam Curators' List or Steam Broadcasting Service to review or promote a game.

The clause is found in Section 6, Paragraph C of the agreement and states the following:

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Valve Lists Steam Machines and Steam Controller on Steam Marketplace

March 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve has put both Steam Machines being offered by third party hardware manufacturers and its own Steam Controller on the Steam Marketplace today with an expected release date for all of "November 2015."

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Steam Boasts 125 Million Active Users

February 25, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve claims that it has hit several new milestones on Steam - including the number of active users that platform has an concurrent users on the service at one time. According to Valve's internal user data, Steam has over 125 million active users worldwide.

Valve also noted that Steam now offers 4,500 games and 400 million bits of user-generated content. How many of those are incomplete "early access" games was not revealed.

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Fake 'Darkest Dungeon' Game Pulled From Windows Game Store

February 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday we reported that the version of the popular indie game Darkest Dungeon being sold on the Windows Game Store was a fake and was not put there by developer Red Hook or its founder Chris Bourassa. Bourassa tweeted a warning yesterday that the Windows Game Store version was not from his company and that he was reaching out to Microsoft to get the game removed.

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Valve Reveals SteamVR

February 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

It looks like Valve is getting into the virtual reality game with everyone else. The Steam, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress, Portal, and Counter-Strike owners announced this morning its own entry into the space called "SteamVR." Valve describes SteamVR as a "previously unannounced hardware system," which will make its formal debut at the Game Developers Conference in early March.

Valve also plans to show the reworked Steam controller gamepad, and a series of new living room devices (what it used to call Steam Machines) at the event.

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Report: Valve Censoring Messages About Torrent Site in Steam Chat

February 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this TorrentFreak story (by way of MCV), Valve is censoring links in Steam's chat that point to popular torrent site KickassTorrents. The site, which is one of the last huge Torrent sites in the world at this point, was taken offline last week after its Somalian domain was seized.

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'Paranautical Activity' Returns to Steam

February 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Indie developer Code Avarice has sold the rights to Paranautical Activity to PC and console game publisher Digerati, which in turn has brought the game back to Steam.

You may recall that the game was pulled from Steam late last year after one of Code Avirice's co-founders made a death threat to Valve founder Gabe Newell.

"Just sold PC rights for Paranautical Activity to @DigeratiDM," Tweeted Code Avarice.

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Valve to Greenlight Candidates: Don't Bribe Voters With Game Codes

February 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve Software is quietly telling developers that using Steam keys to bribe people to vote for their game(s) while it is going through the Steam Greenlight process is a big no-no. Buying votes is an unacceptable practice by anyone's standards, but apparently some developers desperate to get on Steam are handing them out like candy.

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Steam Inventory System Made Available to All Developers

February 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Late last week Steam officially made its inventory system available to all game developers on Steam via a freshly released Steamworks SDK update. The Steam Inventory System - popularized by Valve's games like Team Fortress 2 and Dota 2 - is a "set of new Steamworks APIs and tools that allow a game to enable persistent items that have been purchase or unlocked by individual users without having to run special servers to keep track of these user's inventory." In other words, you can enable community sales of virtual items for your games if you are a game developer.

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'Under the Ocean' Developer Voluntarily Pulls Game from Steam Early Access

February 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Early Access title Under the Ocean has been pulled from Steam voluntarily by its developer Paul Hart - the last man standing after the co-creator of the game, programmer Michael Reitzenstein, left the project due to “differences in opinion about the future direction” with him (thanks MCV). The project ran out of money last year and now Hart - while he refuses to give up on completing the game - is pulling the project from Early Access and providing refunds.

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'DOA 5: Last Round' Producer Concerned About The 'Morality' Of Modders

February 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In an interview with MCV (thank you Ars Technica for pointing out this portion of the interview), Koei Tecmo producer Yosuke Hayashi talks about the Steam version of Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, which will feature mod support.

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Code Reseller Targeted By Ubisoft Denies Wrongdoing

January 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday we reported that Ubisoft was deactivating codes bought at code resellers for use on digital distribution platforms like Steam and EA's Origin. Well, the reason that the publisher is doing this is because - it claims - these codes were bought with fraudulent or stolen credit cards. Consumers who bought codes for games like Far Cry 4 and Assassin's Creed Unity were not happy when Ubisoft did this for obvious reasons.

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Valve Releases Update To Bring Steam Broadcasting to Everyone

January 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve has released a new update for its Steam client that finally makes Steam Broadcasting available to all users. The game streaming feature was added in to a beta Steam client back in December.

Steam Broadcasting is a new feature that lets users live stream content to the Steam community. Likewise, Steam users can watch other people stream their games using the new 'Watch Game' option within their friends list or on friends' profile pages to instantly pull up gameplay live streams.

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PSA: Valve Adds 'Captcha' To Steam Card Trading System

January 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve has decided to add an extra layer of protection to those human-to-human Steam Trading Card transactions this week with a simple Captcha rolled into the mix to keep the robots away. The goal is to also stop Malware from making trades (should a person get infected) on someone's behalf. If you don't know, Captcha is used to make sure the people on the other end of the screen are real live human beings and not automated computer programs.

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Origin PC: The Term 'Steam Machines' All But Dead

January 7, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

PC maker Origin (not to be confused with EA's digital distribution platform of the same name) says that the term "Steam Machines" is all but dead and that Valve will reveal new details on its Steam controller and other related Steam stuff at the game Developers Conference in March.

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Valve: No Steam Dev Days This Year

January 7, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve Software says it won't be hosting a Steam Dev Days event like it did last year. Speaking to Gamasutra, the company said that the event is meant to highlight important things the company is working on. Last year the company revealed its Steam Machines and more details on its Steam OS and Steam controller. Apparently the company has nothing to show off this year.

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'Aliens' Games Disappear From Steam Catalog

January 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Some eagle-eyed commenters on Reddit have noted that several games have been removed from Steam... and from other digital distribution platforms in the new year. According to the Reddit thread, both Aliens: Colonial Marines and the 2010 version of Aliens vs. Predator have been removed from the Steam catalog.

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Steam Hits 8 Million Concurrent Online Users On Holiday Weekend

January 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Over the weekend - and in the midst of Steam's Holiday Sale - Valve's digital distribution platform managed to reach a milestone of over 8 million concurrent players online using the service at one time. On Sunday, December 28, a peak of 8,357,541 players were online at once at one point, according to the Steam Game and Player Statistics page.

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'Hatred' Gets Approved on Steam Greenlight

December 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Creative Destruction's ultra violent action game Hatred has been approved on Steam Greenlight by the Steam community. The road to getting on Greenlight has been an interesting one for Creative Destruction. Earlier this month Creative Destruction managed to get its "mass shooter" action game on Steam Greenlight only to have it pulled by Valve after only a few hours. At the time Valve's Doug Lombardi said that Hatred wasn't a good fit for Steam.

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Zampella: Almost Eight Million Playing 'Titanfall' Now

December 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Respawn Entertainment founder Vince Zampella admits that he may have erred on the decision to make the PC version of Titanfall Origin-only and revealed just how many people are currently playing the game. Speaking to Game Informer, Zampella describes the game as "obviously pretty successful."

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Valve's Steam Holiday Sale Is Alive!

December 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve's annual Holiday sale is alive and kicking, offering deep discounts on various games from now until January 2.

During the sale Steam customers can take advantage of special deals running every 12 hours and new "Featured Deals" happening daily. Like last year's sale, Steam users can also vote in the Community Choice promotion to determine which games receive deeper discounts. Those who participate in the sale may also earn exclusive Holiday Sale Trading Cards.

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Valve Region Locks Steam Gifting in Some Territories

December 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Those looking to take advantage of Steam due to currency differences to save a couple of books will have a harder time thanks to a change in policy from Steam owner Valve Software.

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Valve Reinstates 'Hatred' on Steam Greenlight

December 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Maybe the Christmas Spirit moved them, or maybe they thought it should be up to the community - but whatever the reason - Valve has decided to reinstate Creative Destruction's controversial game Hatred on Steam Greenlight.

If you haven't been paying attention to the situation, Valve removed the game (which its developers describe as a mass shooting action game where you gun down people for no particular reason) from Steam Greenlight a few hours after the project went live on the service, with Valve's Doug Lombardi saying the game wasn't a good fit for Steam.

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IronPatriotGTA to players: Do as we say, not as we do. Wait... don't do as we say, either.04/21/2015 - 4:32pm
Daniel LewisBy the big 3 i mean the three console developers,sony,microsoft and nintendo04/21/2015 - 4:30pm
InfophileThe filter also misses a lot of slang from non-American dialects of English. I'd go on to list a bunch here that I've learned since living in Scotland, but... well, let's just say "dogging" has a much different meaning over here.04/21/2015 - 4:11pm
ConsterI know about gash's meaning (I googled it prior to my comment, I just meant I can't really see myself ever using it like that). What do you mean with 'the big three', though?04/21/2015 - 3:52pm
Daniel LewisAnd Gash can be used as slang for the female genitalia04/21/2015 - 3:46pm
Daniel LewisActually all the big three are in that list,pretty common place for games to add a filter for words no matter what is used in the game04/21/2015 - 3:44pm
Consterand do people pretend to be software developers a lot or something?04/21/2015 - 3:29pm
Consterapparently 'gash' is also slang nowadays? I just know it as an injury type. Also, how come 'bisexual' is on the list but 'lesbian' (when properly spelled) isn't?04/21/2015 - 3:28pm
E. Zachary Knighthttp://kotaku.com/nintendo-and-other-banned-words-i-cant-use-in-grand-th-169924759704/21/2015 - 2:59pm
E. Zachary KnightGTA 5, a game that uses a vast array of swears, racist and sexist language in the dialog of the game, bans people from using those sames words along with a vast number of others, including 'Nintendo'. 04/21/2015 - 2:58pm
ZippyDSMleehttp://www.wired.com/2015/04/dmca-ownership-john-deere/04/21/2015 - 1:58pm
ZippyDSMleeMatthew Wilson: Classic shell ^_~04/21/2015 - 1:56pm
Matthew Wilson@zipp I dont like the star menu taking up the whole dam screen, so just getting the start menu back will be worth it.04/21/2015 - 11:19am
ZippyDSMleeI got a extra HDD I will take win 10 for a spin. see if tis worthwhile heck if I do not have to move colums over in Skyrims creation kit its a keeper!04/21/2015 - 10:53am
ZippyDSMleeMatthew Wilson: Been on win 8.1 a few months the only thing I do not like is compatibility issues with older programs. 10 won't fix that sadly...04/21/2015 - 10:51am
E. Zachary KnightThe US Supreme Court has ruled that the 4th Amendment does offer US citizens some protections. This is a change of pace from other 4th Amendment rulings. http://reason.com/blog/2015/04/21/supreme-court-says-police-violated-4th-a04/21/2015 - 10:35am
E. Zachary KnightNot sure on that specific. But It is slightly annoying, but it can help to clairfy on occasion.04/21/2015 - 10:13am
IvresseCan I just ask out of curiousity why people repeat the title in their shout when it clearly states it in the URL?04/21/2015 - 9:07am
E. Zachary KnightI would say that is true. It drives me nuts when games are patched. The closer the patch is to launch, the worse it is.04/21/2015 - 9:06am
PHX Corphttp://www.npr.org/2015/04/19/400829880/when-video-games-are-patched-gamers-lose-trust-in-reviews When Video Games Are 'Patched,' Gamers Lose Trust In Reviews04/21/2015 - 9:03am
 

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