'Paranautical Activity' Developer Threatens Gabe Newell, Gets Game Pulled From Steam

October 21, 2014 - James Fudge

Paranautical Activity developer Mike Maulbeck was upset that his game made the front page of the Steam store labeled as an "early access" title yesterday. It is not an early access game, and so as some like to do, he took to social media to vent in a series of tweets. But as his tweets came out in rapid succession, Maulbeck said something he later regretted - he threatened Valve founder Gabe Newell's life.

Before that, he called Valve and its digital distribution service every name under the sun:

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Ad Men Pitch 'We Want Half-Life 3' Marketing/Harassment Campaign

October 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

An Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign to create an ad blitz (some are calling it a harassment campaign, and in incredibly poor taste given the current climate on social media) for the sole purpose of pressuring Valve Software to get Half-Life 3 into the hands of its fans, has launched. While the game has long been rumored to be in development at Valve, the company has never confirmed its existence.

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Steam Curators Must Disclose 'Paid Recommendations'

October 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve Software has updated it terms and conditions related to Steam Curators, making it a requirement for anyone that is paid for a recommendation to disclose it to customers. Valve launched the Steam Curator system as part of a large-scale update in September.

"If you've accepted money or other compensation for making a product review or for posting a recommendation, you must disclose this fact in your recommendation," reads the updated terms page.

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DOJ Indicts Four For Stealing Data From Microsoft, Valve, and The U.S. Military

October 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The U.S. Department of Justice announced today that four people have been indicted for allegedly breaching the computer systems of several video game companies and the US military, and stealing software worth over $100 million.

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Steam Now Has More Than 100 Million Active Users

September 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While announcing its new Steam Discovery update, Valve also revealed that the service now has more than 100 million active accounts, up by 25 million from the 75 million figure the company revealed in January.

Valve also announced that more than 3,700 games are available to consumers on Steam, and that more than 1,300 games have been added in 2014. That's a dramatic increase compared to the 304 titles that were added to Steam in the first nine months of 2013.

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Steam Now Supports 16 Local Currencies

September 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Steam now supports additional local currencies, according to an announcement made today by Valve Software - as reported by CVG. Local currency in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand are now supported. In late August Steam added support for the Japanese Yen.

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Uncensored Version of 'Left 4 Dead 2' Now Available in Australia

September 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The uncensored PC version of Left 4 Dead 2 is finally available to consumers in Australia via Steam today (thanks Blue's News). The uncensored version of Valve's co-op zombie survival shooter sequel now carries an R18+ rating and is for sale - for a limited time - for 75 percent off its normal asking price.

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Valve Offers Free Games, Source SDK Access to iD Tech Attendees

September 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve Software is increasing its support for iD Tech by providing attendees with free access to Valve-created games, free Steam accounts, and access to the company's Source SDK. Valve has been a long-time corporate sponsor of the iD Tech educational program.

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Australian Consumer Watch Dog Group Sues Valve Over Steam Refund Policy

August 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

GamesBeat reports that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has taken Valve Software to court over its "no refunds" policy on Steam.

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Steam Greenlights 75 More Titles

May 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Steam announced that 75 more games have been added to Steam via its community-driven Steam Greenlight program. In announcing these latest additions, the company reiterated how games are approved through the program:

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Gabe Newell Explains How Valve's Anti-Cheat System Works

February 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A Reddit thread raising concerns over how Valve's anti-cheat system (or VAC) works caught the eye of Valve CEO Gabe Newell, who took the unusual step of posting a detailed response explaining how it all works and why Valve's system must access data sometimes to identify and ban suspected cheaters. Newell addressed head-on concerns in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive sub-Reddit that Valve was spying on players' internet usage.

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Valve Wins German Lawsuit Concerning Used Digital Games Sales

February 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to the web site for law firm Osborne Clarke, the results of the German court case against Valve for not allowing Steam accounts to be transferred or the ability to sell pre-owned Steam games are in.

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Prices on Third-Party Steam Machines Vary Wildly, Offer Different Hardware Configurations

January 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Last night at its Consumer Electronics Show press conference Valve Software revealed that 14 third-party hardware manufacturers were working on Steam Machines that would run its Steam OS operating system and would support the Steam controller. The prices among these manufacturers for the customized Steam Machines vary wildly, with a starting price of $499 all the up to the ridiculous price of $6,000.

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Report: Clint Hocking Leaves Valve

January 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Far Cry 2 and Splinter Cell designer Clint Hocking has left Valve, as confirmed by Gamasutra and Hocking's personal website.

According to Hocking's web site, he left the company at the end of 2013. Hocking was supposedly working on Left 4 Dead 3, which Valve has yet to officially announce.

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Steam Hits 7.6 Million Concurrent Users Over the Weekend

December 30, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

According to Valve's statistics page for Steam, the online service has set a new concurrent user record. On Dec. 29 Steam had 7.6 million of its 65 million members logged in at the same time, setting a new record for peak concurrent usage. This number is up slightly up from 7 million concurrent users recorded over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and the all-time high of 6 million concurrent users in 2012.

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Valve Selecting Steam Machine Beta Testers Today, Shipping Systems on Friday

December 11, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

At about this time today (5:00 pm EST) 300 individuals in the United States will get an email from Valve Software announcing that they are one of the lucky few to get a Steam Machine. The beta quality Steam Machines and Steam Controllers will be shipped to those 300 testers beginning on Friday, according to Valve's announcement today. The system will support a selection of games that currently are capable of running on Steam OS, which will be added to users' libraries.

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Steam Hits Seven Million Concurrent Users Milestone on Sunday

December 2, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve's Steam digital distribution platform managed to hit a major milestone as its biggest sale of the year continued to play out over the weekend. On Sunday, over seven million users logged in to the service concurrently as they searched for deals in the company's annual Steam Autumn Sale.

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Valve: No Exclusives for Steam Machine

November 5, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

While revealing its new Steam Machines this week Valve Software emphasized that the Linux-based hardware will not have any exclusives. We assume this also includes games in popular franchises it owns such as Half-Life, Team Fortress, Portal, Left 4 Dead, DOTA, and Counter-Strike too.

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Valve: Steam Has Over 64 Million Registered User Accounts

October 30, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

If you laughed when Valve introduced its new Steam OS, Steam-based hardware and a controller along with it, then you'll understand why the company thinks it can take up space in gamers' living rooms alongside current and next generation consoles when you hear how many people in the world have Steam accounts. According to an announcement made today, Valve's digital distribution platform and soon-to-be living room entertainment destination has over 65 million registered user accounts worldwide.

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John Carmack Expresses Doubts About Valve's SteamOS, Steam Machines

October 21, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Id Software co-founder and Oculus Rift guy John Carmack says that he is not convinced that Valve Software can pull off the lofty goals of SteamOS and Steam Machines - while at the same time admitting that he has been very wrong in the past about what Valve is capable of.

"There's an interesting kind of retrospective on it," Carmack said during Nvidia’s Montreal conference.

He also pointed out the time when Valve approached Id Software about adding Doom 3 to Steam's launch lineup.

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Valve Greenlights 32 More Titles

October 17, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve has greenlit 37 new titles through its Greenlight program, including games, mods, and some software applications. At a glance, the new greenlit titles include Towerclimb and Ikaruga, a Half-Life 2 mod, and more. All of these titles will appear on Steam in "the coming weeks or months", Valve announced earlier today.

Greenlit titles are voted on by the Steam community, with press reaction and past performance on other platforms also affecting the process, according to Valve's criteria for Greenlight submissions..

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DICE: Linux Needs One Killer Game App to 'Explode'

October 14, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

In a recent interview with Polygon, DICE creative director Lars Gustavsson said that the Linux operating system is one killer game away from having a major impact on gaming. He believes that the open-sourced OS one "killer app" away from that possibility.

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Steam Greenlights 32 New Games

October 2, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve announced today that it has green lit a fresh new batch of games via the Steam Greenlight program.

A total of 32 new games get the thumbs up from the community including a batch of simulations, action games, RPGs, horror adventure titles, and many more. Many of these titles are familiar but the majority of them are interesting indie titles.

You can find the full list of games below, or you can visit the Steam Greenlight page for more details.

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Notch Praises SteamOS

September 23, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve is likely quite delighted to hear that the creator of one of the biggest hit game franchises in recent memory is fully behind its freshly announced operating system, SteamOS. Marcus "Notch" Persson, co-founder of Mojang and creator of the hit franchise Minecraft took to Twitter to praise Valve's announcement and said that - in the face of all his concerns about Windows 8 - this was welcomed news.

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Valve Reveals Steam Family Sharing Program

September 11, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve Software has revealed the "Steam Family Sharing" program, which allows friends and family to share their library of Steam games online. A limited beta for the program will launch next week. Valve says that the Steam Family Sharing plan allows family members and friends to play each other's games, and individual members can earn their own achievements and keep their own saves and application data intact via the Steam cloud too.

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Steam Greenlights 100 Games

August 28, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Steam has greenlit one-hundred games today including Precursor Games' Shadow of the Eternals, which failed to meet its funding goal on Kickstarter earlier this month. Addressing the community in an update today, Valve Software's Alden Kroll said that the company decided to release all of these new games as part of a stress test of the Steam Greenlight system.

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Former Valve Executive Joins Microsoft

August 14, 2013 - James Fudge

Former Valve executive Jason Holtman has joined Microsoft, according to GamesIndustry International. Holtman was in charge of Steam for eight years, helping to turn it into the digital distribution platform juggernaut that it is today. Holtman was the point man for developers looking to get their games on the platform, and is credited with convincing big third-party publishers like Activision and Electronic Arts to hawk their PC wares there.

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Steam Greenlights 14 More Games

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Valve Software has "greenlit" 14 more games and two pieces of software today for eventual release on Steam. That brings the total number of Greenlit titles to 127 to-date.

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Twitch and Valve Team Up

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Valve Software and Twitch have inked a deal this week that will allow Steam users to link their Twitch accounts and watch video streams outside of a game. The deal is mainly for DOTA2 players, who will become eligible for tournament item drops while watching a Twitch stream. Valve said it plans to expand on the features available through the deal, and is asking players for feedback on the matter.

The deal came to light as part of a new DOTA 2 update that added a number of new features into the game including six new tutorial missions and a new Limited Heroes mode.

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Report: Steam Beta Code Suggests Game Sharing

June 19, 2013 -

A thread on NeoGAF that pokes around in some code from the new Steam Beta reveals some strange strings about game sharing on the popular digital distribution platform. The code refers to a shared game library and a shared license. While the strings have been confirmed as legitimate, Valve has not publicly commented on the data fished from the new client beta. The code in question is below:

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E. Zachary KnightAE: some devs here in Oklahoma got accepted to make WiiU games. They are college kids who haven't graduated and are making games out of their dorms. They deserve it too.10/24/2014 - 6:25pm
MechaTama31CMiner: Raising such a concern now would get you branded as a GGer regardless of whether you're actually waving the flag or not.10/24/2014 - 6:19pm
Andrew EisenMore on how Nintendo runs the eShop today (no parity clause, no concept approval, devs can run sales when they want, indies don't need an office): http://www.develop-online.net/news/nintendo-eshop-has-no-parity-clause/019921110/24/2014 - 6:13pm
Papa MidnightAndrew Eisen: https://www.reddit.com/r/eyebleach (Seriously. If you ever need pictures of kittens, and the like).10/24/2014 - 3:58pm
Andrew EisenDammit, now I'm all depressed. I must find pictures of kittens.10/24/2014 - 2:38pm
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.businessinsider.com/shooting-at-pilchuck-high-school-in-marysville-washington-2014-1010/24/2014 - 2:15pm
Andrew EisenIn case anyone was wondering, Nintendo's eShop no longer does that "you don't make money until you've sold x units" thing. http://www.develop-online.net/news/nintendo-no-minimum-sales-needed-for-eshop-revenues/019921010/24/2014 - 1:52pm
MaskedPixelanteGOG needs better web developers. Someone dug into their countdown timer, found numbers using fonts from Indiana Jones, Star Wars and Monkey Island, and pretty much confirmed that LucasArts is coming on Tuesday.10/24/2014 - 1:43pm
Papa MidnightI've seen glowing reviews for Bayonetta 2 so far.10/24/2014 - 1:17pm
Andrew EisenI'm not picking up Bayonetta. Today. Tomorrow's not looking good either. I'll get it eventually though!10/24/2014 - 12:23pm
Infophile@MP: No it doesn't. You're a terrible human being for completely unrelated reasons. (/snark)10/24/2014 - 12:15pm
MaskedPixelantePicked up Bayonetta 2, which according to Polygon means I am now a terrible human being.10/24/2014 - 11:58am
Matthew Wilsonofcourse not he did a video on the new civ game just yesterday.10/24/2014 - 10:32am
Papa MidnightYou think a bit of cancer surgery would keep The Cynical Brit from railing about bad PC ports? Not a chance! :)10/24/2014 - 10:15am
Matthew Wilsonmight be a bit soon only becouse he got out of cancer surgery last week, but ask his email is public.10/24/2014 - 9:56am
Papa MidnightHell, set up a Google Hangout or Skype call, and I'll be happy to join in.10/24/2014 - 9:34am
Papa MidnightBring Totalbiscuit on SuperPAC for Saturday!10/24/2014 - 9:32am
CMinerThere is no journalism/ethics concern that you've raised that would be made weaker by not raising it under the umbrella of GamerGate.10/24/2014 - 9:32am
CMinerNeo: You want to start some healing? Stop using the GamerGate hashtag. Even if you don't believe that it originated with harassers, you have to see that it's been irrevocably tainted by their actions.10/24/2014 - 9:31am
MaskedPixelanteGOG has a four day countdown to their next publisher. All hints suggest Disney, but no guarantee it'll be LucasArts.10/24/2014 - 6:58am
 

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