Last week Valve made an interesting decision by announcing that Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) will now be free-to-play. The game was never particularly expensive but we suppose by removing the cost of the game, it would open it up to more gamers, which is a good thing, right?
In the early days of Counter-Strike where it existed as a mod of Half-Life, it was pretty much free-to-play, where anyone could get their hands on it. However ultimately when Valve decided to launch Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the company made it a paid title. Granted it wasn’t the most expensive game we’ve seen, but it was definitely a change.
Last month it was revealed by that Valve had ultimately decided to discontinue its Steam Link box. For those unfamiliar, the Steam Link device basically allowed gamers to stream games from their PCs onto other devices, like their TV, thus giving gamers the freedom to play PC games in the comfort of their living room without having to hook up their computers to the TV.
Valve’s Steam platform has more or less become the default distribution platform for gaming on computers. Given their huge library of games, it’s becoming increasingly common to find developers releasing their games through Steam. Despite its success, Valve is hoping to entice more developers by changing up its revenue sharing system.
Earlier this year, developer Campo Santo announced that its indie hit “Firewatch” would be coming to the Nintendo Switch. The developer did not mention when the game would be released, except that it would be released. However we now know when the game is set for a release as the developer has confirmed it for the 17th of December.
Valve has a new game in the works that is due to be launched and its name is Artifact. For those who are hearing about this for the first time, this is a digital card game similar to other games like Blizzard’s Hearthstone or Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls: Legends, and just like those games which are based on existing franchises, Artifact will be based on Dota 2.
According to Valve’s policy regarding refunds, you can request for a refund for any game for a variety of reasons. Maybe you have buyer’s remorse, or you suddenly discover that you don’t have the time to play the game, or maybe the game didn’t deliver as advertised, or maybe the game went on sale shortly after you bought it at full price.
Last year Valve announced a new game called Artifact which is a card game based on DotA 2. However it seems that during a recent beta of the game, gamers discovered how the company plans on monetizing the game which seems to involve players spending real-life money for pretty much everything.
Valve launched its Steam Link device several years ago and unfortunately it looks like the device has since been discontinued. However for those who still own the device, Valve has announced that they will continue to support it (although exactly how long they plan to do so is unclear).
According to a report from UploadVR, it seems that Valve could be looking to develop its own virtual reality (VR) headset. This is according to leaked images of an alleged prototype that Valve has developed, along with UploadVR confirming with their own independent sources that such a device could be in the works.
Valve has announced that it will soon start moderating the game discussion boards on its Steam platform. The task won’t be delegated to developers as the company’s content moderators will now be keeping an eye on the discussion boards to ensure that the discussions are as per the community guidelines. This new policy will go into effect on September 25th.
When it comes to distribution platforms, such as Apple’s App Store, some have criticized how strict and rigid it can be when it comes to the review process. At the same time there are also platforms such as Valve’s Steam, where a few months ago the company decided to opt for a more hands-off approach where basically anything can be uploaded, as long as it is not illegal.
Valve launched an updated version of its popular Counter Strike game back in 2012 called Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The new title brought improvements to the gameplay and the graphics. In a bid to get more players in on the fun, Valve is now offering a free version of CSGO for offline play.
Valve’s The International annual DotA 2 tournament has been held in Seattle for the past 6 years, but this year they shook things up by having the event held in Vancouver, Canada. However it seems that its stop in Canada might be rather brief because come 2019, Valve will be taking the event to Shanghai, China.
Valve’s Gabe Newell is someone who is highly revered by the community, which is why it doesn’t come as a surprise to learn that Newell can now be had as a voice pack in DotA 2. Yup, if you’ve ever wondered what it might be like to hear Newell announce in-game events in DotA 2, you now have that opportunity via a voice pack.
The other day it was reported that Valve could be working on something in which it would make it easier for developers to create Windows games that could also run on Linux on Steam. The good news for those running Linux machines is that it looks like Valve has something for you in the form of an updated version of Steam Play.
It has been a while since Valve launched a brand new game, and while many are undoubtedly still hanging onto the hope that we will eventually see Half-Life 3, Valve did announce a while back that their next game would be called Artifact. This is a digital card game that would be based on DotA 2.
The other day Valve accidentally made its Steam TV streaming platform public. According to the company, it was by accident as they said that they were testing it out and it was not meant to be public. However it seems that Valve might have given up trying to keep it a secret because it looks like Steam TV is live again.
Streaming is a huge deal these days, whether it be music, movies, TV shows, or games. This is why it did not exactly come as a huge surprise to see Valve launch its own streaming platform in the form of Steam TV, although it appears that this wasn’t really by choice as it was launched by accident.
Valve’s Steam Machines and the Steam Controller seemed like a really interesting way that the company was going to shake up the gaming landscape. Unfortunately while the Steam Controller might be a hit with gamers, the Steam Machines haven’t really been met with the same levels of success.