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.
According to a new blog post from Valve developer Alden Kroll, 1,500 community-based content creators in 75 different countries have earned $57 million from selling in-game vanity items for such Valve-created games as Team Fortress 2, Dota 2, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
The man who once served as Valve's economist-in-residence (he wrote a regular blog about the company's virtual economies for a time) has taken a job with the government of Greece. Yanis Varoufakis, who worked for Valve from 2012 - 2013, analyzed some fascinating data about Valve's virtual economies including how gifting played a part in TF2's overall economy, how a bartering and arbitration formed around trades, and how Valve fires people.
Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras unveiled the new cabinet earlier in the week.
The official DOTA 2 blog reveals that The International pro-gaming event will take place August 3 - August 8, a full six days. Valve also said that the Main Event taking place live in Seattle will feature 16 teams this year. Ticket availability for the event will be announced on the official DOTA 2 blog, and team invites are expected to occur after May 1, according to Valve.
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.
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.
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.
Valve Software's Chet Faliszek will host a developer session at EGX Rezzed 2015. EGX Rezzed is a consumer friendly event dedicated to PC, indie and console gaming taking place March 12-14, 2015 at Tobacco Dock, London.
Faliszek is best known for his writing on Half-Life, Portal, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Left 4 Dead. more details about the developer session are to be announced in January.
Organizers also announced that the following games will be playable during the event.
- Adventure Box. City building multiplayer RPG.
Steam has made live streaming a reality with a new update today to its beta client. Valve unveiled the new Steam feature here and highlighted some of the things you and your friends can do with it.
Dubbed Steam Broadcasting, anyone who uses Steam can stream audio and video from any game available on the service over the Internet, and that content can be viewed either by the public at large or only by people on their friends list (depending on your settings).
According to this Redbull report highlighting some tips and tricks to spot cheating in Counter-Strike: Go, several pro players have been banned for cheating and have been kicked out of this weekend's Dreamhack Winter tournament.
In a move meant to stifle the activities of Steam code resalers, Valve Software has announced a new policy for gift codes. Going forward you will no longer be able to trade Steam gift codes for at least thirty days, according to Valve. There will be no restrictions on giving these codes away as gifts, as intended.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
GamesBeat reports that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has taken Valve Software to court over its "no refunds" policy on Steam.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.