Valve Software News


DOTA 2 International 2017 Prize Pool Sets Esports Record

By John Keefer, Jul 12, 2017 3:15pm PDT

There are still 32 days left to go in the crowdfunding and the prize monty has almost hit $21 million.


Valve to Overhaul Steam's Recommendation System

By John Keefer, Jul 12, 2017 1:55pm PDT

The main goal in all the planned changes is to point gamers to the titles they are most interested in.


"I know right? I bought Fire Pro Wrestling World today and I've never played a Fire Pro ..."

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Valve Issues First Half-Life 1 Patch in 4 Years

By John Keefer, Jul 12, 2017 9:35am PDT

The patch also affects other games using the Half-Life engine, including Counter-Strike, Day of Defeat, Condition Zero, Half-Life: Blue Shift, Half-Life: Opposing Force and Team Fortress Classic.


"I promise you the second I sell my Vive HL3 is released ten minutes later "

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When Does the Steam Summer Sale 2017 End?

By Shack Staff, Jul 03, 2017 3:15pm PDT

It's a burning question given how much money you can save before it all vanishes into thin air.


Steam Refund Requests Hit More Than 300,000 a Day After Summer Sale Launch

By John Keefer, Jun 29, 2017 11:10am PDT

That number has dropped to around 205,000, but those are still a lot of return requests.


"That means they're selling 3m+ games per day, which is pretty damn impressive. "

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Steam's Summer Sale Has Officially Begun

By John Keefer, Jun 22, 2017 11:05am PDT

It will run through July 5, with some massive sales to kick things off.


"If it's not $4.99 or less, I don't buy anything. My queue is so long, I can't justify anything ..."

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Steam Summer Sale Launch Possibly Outed By PayPal

By John Keefer, Jun 20, 2017 2:25pm PDT

Mark you calendars for June 22 and check your bank accounts and credit card balances. 


"Who in the world could possibly have predicted that there would be a steam sale more or less at ..."

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Valve Loses Another Writer as Jay Pinkerton Departs

By John Keefer, Jun 07, 2017 8:10am PDT

That's four writers gone now over the last two years.


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Valve Settles On $100 Publishing Fee for Steam Direct

By John Keefer, Jun 02, 2017 9:35am PDT

Developers will be able to recoup the fee, which could have been as high as $5,000.


"Trouble is that 500 is prohibitive in some countries for smaller teams. One price fits all is ..."

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SteamVR Home Gets More Customization, Social Features, Workshop Update

By John Keefer, May 19, 2017 9:45am PDT

The new update for the beta brings many things that users have been seeking, or creating themselves.


Steam Currently Processing Around 49,000 Refund Requests a Day

By John Keefer, May 04, 2017 3:07pm PDT

Whether actual money is returned is a different issue, but that works out to more than 343,000 requests in a week and almost 18 million in a year.


"I have returned 2 games on steam. Within the first 45 minutes I figured out that they were not ..."

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DOTA 2 Will Soon Require Competitors To Cough Up Their Phone Number

By John Keefer, Apr 24, 2017 1:52pm PDT

Smurfing is out of hand, people, and Valve wants to pin down the jerks griefing the noobs.


"I dont know. I don't view competitors and players as separate entities in DoTA. It just stuck ..."

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HTC Invites Everyone to Celebrate Vive Day this Wednesday

By Asif Khan, Apr 03, 2017 1:00pm PDT

April 5 will be the first Vive Day. Head to their website on Wednesday for some awesome savings!


"Neato. Anyone here already on viveport and can report good or bad with it? I haven't been ..."

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Gets a New Map, Better Looking Phoenix Terrorist

By John Keefer, Mar 17, 2017 11:10am PDT

The popular multiplayer eSports title gets a map based on Venice called Canals.


"Strange that they make changes to old maps that effect gameplay. If you play test your maps and ..."

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Valve to Show New HTC Vive With Eye-Tracking Tech

By John Keefer, Feb 28, 2017 12:05pm PST

The company adds SensoMotoric Instruments to the firms it is collaborating with for its OpenVR platform.


"Can't wait to see this. I'm amazed Valve can implement foveated rendering so quickly within ..."

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