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Dota 2 patch brings bottle refill changes and some unannounced updates
Dota 2 patch brings bottle refill changes and some unannounced updates
It's been a big month for Dota 2, with the arrival of the MOBA game's new hammer-swinging hero Dawnbreaker and the chonky 7.29 gameplay patch late last week. Since these, Valve's battler has seen a couple of weeny follow-up updates to make a few changes here and there, with a new one dropping today that adjusts how a key item works, and brings a handful of unannounced changes. Today's Dota 2 gameplay update brings just one solitary change to the multiplayer game, but it's one to make a note of: "Bottle now only refills two charges when capturing Water or Bounty runes".
Steam Invites and TF2 community servers may have been used to hijack PCs, hack hunters claim
Steam Invites and TF2 community servers may have been used to hijack PCs, hack hunters claim
But Secret Club claims Valve has sat on the problem for years.
Dota 2's new wizard is a giant lady with a giant hammer
Dota 2's new wizard is a giant lady with a giant hammer
While everyone's still thirsting over Resident Evil Village's Lady Dimitrescu and Assassin's Creed Valhalla's Olympians, Valve have introduced a giant lady of their own as Dota 2's new hero.
Team Fortress 2 bots now advertising paid-for
Team Fortress 2 bots now advertising paid-for "bot immunity" services
It's been nearly a year since the bot situation in Team Fortress 2 escalated to a point where Valve had to get involved, but despite those efforts to curb the infestation, the problem has not gone away.
Source Engine exploits could let hackers remotely access players' PCs
Source Engine exploits could let hackers remotely access players' PCs
Hack-hunting group Secret Club have revealed multiple exploits affecting Source Engine games like CS:GO, which could allow hackers to steal player data via Steam invites and community servers.
Muslim advocacy group calls on platform holders to not sell Six Days in Fallujah
Muslim advocacy group calls on platform holders to not sell Six Days in Fallujah
CAIR asked Sony, Microsoft, and Valve to not distribute "an Arab murder simulator that will only normalize violence against Muslims in America and around the world"
Muslim Civil Rights Group Calls For Microsoft, Sony, And Valve To Deplatform Six Days In Fallujah
Muslim Civil Rights Group Calls For Microsoft, Sony, And Valve To Deplatform Six Days In Fallujah
Calling the controversial first-person shooter that aims to recreate the events of the Second Battle of Fallujah an “Arab murder simulator,” Muslim civil rights and advocacy group CAIR, the Council on American–Islamic Relations, is requesting that Microsoft, Sony, and Valve avoid hosting or distributing Six Days in… Read more...
PlayStation, Xbox and Valve called on to drop Six Days in Fallujah
PlayStation, Xbox and Valve called on to drop Six Days in Fallujah
A prominent Muslim advocacy organisation has called for PlayStation, Xbox and Valve to drop controversial shooter Six Days in Fallujah.
Muslim advocacy group calls on Valve to drop Six Days in Fallujah from Steam
Muslim advocacy group calls on Valve to drop Six Days in Fallujah from Steam
The Council on American-Islamic Relations described the game as an "Arab murder simulator."
ESIC say they're working with FBI in fight against CSGO match fixing
ESIC say they're working with FBI in fight against CSGO match fixing
As esports becomes bigger business, it's beginning to deal with the issues faced by more mainstream sports.
The best VR games on PC
The best VR games on PC
What are the best VR games? Or, to go one better – what are the best Oculus Rift, Valve Index, and HTC Vive games? There are plenty of VR experiences out there already, and with the headsets shipping to customers faster than ever there is plenty more to come. We have tested a number of the best VR games across the major and best VR headsets, ranging from the good, bad, to the downright nausea-inducing – and we will endeavour to seek out new, strange, and challenging content for this burgeoning platform.
CS:GO’s Broken Fang Premier mode is now unlocked for all players
CS:GO’s Broken Fang Premier mode is now unlocked for all players
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - Operation Broken Fang ends soon, but before then Valve is giving all of the FPS game's a chance to send off the op in style.
Netflix show boosts Dragon Knight’s pick rate in Dota 2
Netflix show boosts Dragon Knight’s pick rate in Dota 2
There's now an animated Dota show - no, Netflix, I will not call it an anime no matter how stubbornly you insist it is one - and judging by the revamp to Dota 2's new player experience, Valve is hoping a whole lot of newbies will hop in as a result.
Valve massively improves Dota 2 beginner experience, bans smurfing
Valve massively improves Dota 2 beginner experience, bans smurfing
In my first ever game of Dota 2, all my friends started laughing at me when I bought two sets of a boot from the shop.
Steam Game Festival Rebranded To Next Fest, Will Run June 16-22
Steam Game Festival Rebranded To Next Fest, Will Run June 16-22
Much like the previous event, it will feature lots of previews and demos.
Steam's big summer demo week is called Steam Next Fest now, actually
Valve's Robin Walker says Half-Life fans should be 'excited about possibility again,' does not mention the number 3
Valve's Robin Walker says Half-Life fans should be 'excited about possibility again,' does not mention the number 3
'All the scepticism about Valve working on Half-Life that’s out there was just as alive within the company itself.'
Steam Next Fest Coming In June, Will Feature Hundreds Of Game Demos
Steam Next Fest Coming In June, Will Feature Hundreds Of Game Demos
Valve has renamed the Steam Game Festival to Steam Next Fest, which will run from June 16 to June 22 and feature "hundreds of game demos"
Valve announces Steam Next Fest
Valve announces Steam Next Fest
Steam Next Fest, a multi-day event featuring developer livestreams and downloadable game demos, will be held on 16th to 22nd June.
Half-Life Alyx is one year old and 40% off
Half-Life Alyx is one year old and 40% off
One of our favourite VR games
CS:GO fans turn the classic FPS game into Fall Guys with skins and “30 minigames”
CS:GO fans turn the classic FPS game into Fall Guys with skins and “30 minigames”
Fall Guys, Mediatonic's zany and colourful battle royale game, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Valve's gritty FPS game, aren't two titles you'd naturally slot together.
Steam Refuses to Sell Pick-Up Artist Game Super Seducer 3
Steam Refuses to Sell Pick-Up Artist Game Super Seducer 3
The pick-up artist game Super Seducer 3: The Final Seduction has been banned from Steam as Valve will "not ship sexually explicit images of real people."
Valve refuses to sell pick-up artist FMV game Super Seducer 3 on Steam
Valve refuses to sell pick-up artist FMV game Super Seducer 3 on Steam
Valve won't sell Super Seducer 3 on Steam. The company has now kicked the Super Seducer 3 Steam page, which had amassed nearly 62,000 wishlists, off its platform. Super Seducer 3 is an FMV game where you use multiple choice methods to win dates with women. Read more
A wireless Valve Index with inside-out tracking would be immense, and isn't entirely unrealistic
A wireless Valve Index with inside-out tracking would be immense, and isn't entirely unrealistic
Wireless Valve Index headset patents spotted with eye tracking.
CS:GO devs are giving away a Hades music kit to the RPG’s Steam players
CS:GO devs are giving away a Hades music kit to the RPG’s Steam players
If you're a fan of both Valve's shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Supergiant Games' action-RPG game Hades, you're in luck.
Geo-blocking in the games industry -- a closer look at Valve's EC fine
Geo-blocking in the games industry -- a closer look at Valve's EC fine
Legal expert Suneet Sharma examines what could be an important benchmark for games publishers selling products in Europe
Netflix shares a “sneak peak of some new faces” in the Dota 2 anime show
Netflix shares a “sneak peak of some new faces” in the Dota 2 anime show
If you're a Dota 2 fan, you'll know by now that Netflix has an anime based on Valve's MOBA game on the way later this month.
Netflix are trying to teach people Dota lore, the poor dears
Netflix are trying to teach people Dota lore, the poor dears
It starts before the beginning of time
'Shop Contest: The Artifact Imps, Winners!
'Shop Contest: The Artifact Imps, Winners!
Remember Artifact, that card game Valve made? No...? Well, it was killed last week.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's Steam store page was briefly deleted
The PS2 Turns 21, The Future Of Twitch, Doom 3 VR Comes To PS4, Valve Kills Artifact And More
The PS2 Turns 21, The Future Of Twitch, Doom 3 VR Comes To PS4, Valve Kills Artifact And More
This week on Morning Checkpoint we remember the launch of the PS2, make bananas into controllers, discuss the future of Twitch, check out what’s happening with Hitman 3 this month, find out what game died this week, and stop buying movies on the PlayStation Store. Read more...
Valve Ends Artifact Development, Makes it Free-to-Play
Valve Ends Artifact Development, Makes it Free-to-Play
The card game, doomed from the get go, is finally giving up.
Valve ends production on rebooted Artifact
Valve ends production on rebooted Artifact
Both the classic and updated version of the Dota 2 card game will be kept online and made free-to-play
Artifact development has stopped - and so now it's free
Valve ends Artifact development, makes the entire game free
Valve ends Artifact development, makes the entire game free
Player numbers just aren’t high enough to justify continued development.
Valve's Card Game Is Officially Dead
Valve's Card Game Is Officially Dead
Artifact has now failed twice. After a messy launch and a failed attempt to reboot it last year, Valve announced today it’s calling it quits on the beleaguered Dota 2 card game. Read more...
Valve is ceasing development on card-battler reboot Artifact 2.0
Valve is ceasing development on card-battler reboot Artifact 2.0
Valve has announced it's ending development on its reboot of beleaguered card-battler Artifact, and will be making both existing version of the game free for everyone to play. The original version of Artifact, designed by Magic: The Gathering creator Richard Garfield, failed to make much of an impact following its launch in 2018.
Artifact: Valve Stops Development on Struggling Card Game
Artifact: Valve Stops Development on Struggling Card Game
Valve's struggling card game never managed to grow its player base after a middling launch in 2018.
Open-World Third-Person Dungeons and Dragons RPG In Development
Open-World Third-Person Dungeons and Dragons RPG In Development
Hidden Path Entertainment, the studio that worked with Valve to develop Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, is currently hiring for a AAA, third-person, open-world fantasy RPG set in the Dungeons & Dragons universe.
The Sinking City dev DMCAs its own game to force it off Steam, says it
The Sinking City dev DMCAs its own game to force it off Steam, says it "may only be a temporary fix"
The developer of The Sinking City has forced its own game off Steam with a DMCA takedown. Frogwares issued the DMCA takedown to Steam owner Valve after publisher Nacon uploaded a version of the game for sale.
The main trailer for the Netflix anime Dota: Dragon’s Blood is here
The main trailer for the Netflix anime Dota: Dragon’s Blood is here
Valve and Netflix have just released the promised main trailer for Dota: Dragon’s Blood.
World War Z and Ace Combat 7 lead March's PlayStation Now additions
World War Z and Ace Combat 7 lead March's PlayStation Now additions
Another month means more new additions to Sony's PlayStation Now subscription service, with March set to bring co-op zombie shooter World War Z, aerial adventure Ace Combat 7, superhero romp Infamous: Second Son, plus time-manipulating FPS Superhot. World War Z, which released back in 2019, is essentially a modern day spin on Valve's beloved Left 4 Dead series.
Apex Legends broke another player record on Steam
Apex Legends broke another player record on Steam
Apex Legends has become increasingly popular on Steam since it launched on Valve's storefront last November.
Steam's Remote Play Together now lets you play with friends who don't have an account
Steam's Remote Play Together now lets you play with friends who don't have an account
Valve's been finessing its nifty Remote Play Together feature over on Steam, and its latest beta has switched things up so that any friend you want to play your game won't need their own own Steam account to get stuck in, dramatically easing the point of entry. Remote Play Together, if you're unfamiliar, makes it possible for distant friends to play a game's local multiplayer mode over the internet as if they were all scrunched up together on a couch in the same room, with only one player needing to own a copy of the game. To get it to work, the owner begins by launching their chosen game, then invites their chums to play using Steam's Friends List.
Valve ordered to hand over sales data for Epic vs Apple case
Valve ordered to hand over sales data for Epic vs Apple case
But judge limits request to four years, rather than the six years Apple originally asked for
Valve must hand over Steam sales data to Apple, judge rules
Valve must hand over Steam sales data to Apple, judge rules
Judge says Apple has "salted the earth"
Here's what we know about Netflix's Dota anime
Here's what we know about Netflix's Dota anime
What's up with this anime collaboration between Valve and Netflix?
Half-Life 2 RTS mod Lambda Wars launches after 13 years
Half-Life 2 RTS mod Lambda Wars launches after 13 years
Modders started making it way back in 2007
The next Steam Game Festival kicks off in June
The next Steam Game Festival kicks off in June
With some brand new demos to try out
After 13 years of development, Half-Life 2 RTS mod Lambda Wars finally leaves beta
After 13 years of development, Half-Life 2 RTS mod Lambda Wars finally leaves beta
Half-Life 2 real-time-strategy game mod Lambda Wars has finally left beta and launched proper on Steam - 13 years after development began. Lambda Wars is a free standalone multiplayer mod for Valve's 2010 multiplayer top-down shooter Alien Swarm (which is itself a remake of a mod for Unreal Tournament 2004) set in the Half-Life 2 universe that brings Valve's first-person shooter masterpiece into the RTS genre. You play as either a commander of the Resistance or as an overlord of the Combine, with both factions including units, abilities, buildings, research and defences. Read more
Apple want Valve to hand over revenue data as part of legal fight with Epic
Apple turns to Valve for information in legal battle with Epic
Apple turns to Valve for information in legal battle with Epic
A subpoena from last November sees Apple filing for information about Steam, but Valve is fighting back
Apple Wants Valve To Hand Over A Bunch Of Steam Info For Its Fight With Epic
Apple Wants Valve To Hand Over A Bunch Of Steam Info For Its Fight With Epic
Epic Games’ legal battle against Apple over App Store fees continues to drag on into ever weirder and more esoteric fronts.
Valve Is Resisting Being Dragged Into the Epic-Apple Lawsuit
Valve Is Resisting Being Dragged Into the Epic-Apple Lawsuit
Court documents reveal that Apple has issued Valve with a subpoena to acquire Steam commercial data as part of Apple's legal battle with Epic Games.
Apple subpoenas Valve as part of its legal battle with Epic: Valve fights back
Portal 2 update brings Vulkan support, a “360° spin action”, and bug fixes
Portal 2 update brings Vulkan support, a “360° spin action”, and bug fixes
Portal 2, Valve's decade-old puzzle-platform game, has been treated to a brand-new update.
Nioh 2 Steam update adds DLSS, bonus “Dragon Ninja” skin, and bug fixes
Nioh 2 Steam update adds DLSS, bonus “Dragon Ninja” skin, and bug fixes
Two weeks on from its launch on Steam, Nioh 2 has just got a new update for its PC version on Valve's platform, which brings some additional features and a whole bunch of bug fixes.
Valve bans developer who sneakily named his company Very Positive on Steam
Valve bans developer who sneakily named his company Very Positive on Steam
A developer has been booted off Steam after brazenly attempting to trick users into buying its games by naming its company Very Positive. You can probably see where this is going already, but look at a game's Steam page and you'll see several prominent fields in the info panel to the right.
Valve Bans 'Very Positive' Developer For Trying To Trick Steam Users
Valve Bans 'Very Positive' Developer For Trying To Trick Steam Users
Emoji Evolution is a puzzle game on Steam about combining weird symbols.
Valve to advise indie developers at GI Live: Online
Valve to advise indie developers at GI Live: Online
Ian Livingstone and Hiro Capital also to host an indie dev roundtable
Valve's Dota is becoming a Netflix anime series
Valve's Dota is becoming a Netflix anime series
Looks dull compared to Valve's own animated shorts?
Valve's Dota 2 gets a Netflix anime with DOTA: Dragon's Blood
Valve's Dota 2 gets a Netflix anime with DOTA: Dragon's Blood
Netflix has announced an anime based on Valve's Dota 2. DOTA: Dragon's Blood is an eight-episode anime series set for global launch on 25th March 2021.
Netflix's DOTA: Dragon's Blood Anime Series Gets a Release Date and Trailer
Netflix's DOTA: Dragon's Blood Anime Series Gets a Release Date and Trailer
Netflix is dropping a new anime adaptation of DOTA, Valve's incredibly popular MOBA game.
Dota: Dragon's Blood is a Netflix anime series premiering next month
Dota: Dragon's Blood is a Netflix anime series premiering next month
Valve is involved in this Dota anime spin-off.
Oculus Quest 2 120Hz update potential makes the Valve Index a far tougher sell
Oculus Quest 2 120Hz update potential makes the Valve Index a far tougher sell
Oculus Quest 2's 120Hz update could make it a better VR headset than Valve's pricey goggles.
Steam China has launched in beta
Steam China has launched in beta
It's live with 40 games, including Dota 2 and CS:GO
Be careful with your Valve Index: UK VR headset returns on hold due to Brexit
Be careful with your Valve Index: UK VR headset returns on hold due to Brexit
Valve says that Brexit is behind a temporary hold to its Index RMA process in the UK.
Steam Breaks Concurrent User Record Again, Crosses 26 Million
Steam Breaks Concurrent User Record Again, Crosses 26 Million
Valve's digital platform continues to rise in popularity.
Yes, Valve has broken its own concurrent Steam users record yet again
Yes, Valve has broken its own concurrent Steam users record yet again
Valve has once again broken its own record for the highest number of concurrent players recorded online: 26.4 million users. Steam broke the same record a staggering six times last year as an unprecedented number of players were concurrently online as the coronavirus pandemic continued to surge.
Public beta of Steam China launches next week
Public beta of Steam China launches next week
Valve and Perfect World's partnership will come to fruition February 9; CS:GO and Dota 2 to be first games on platform
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Valorant move closer with every patch
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Valorant move closer with every patch
Riot took a lot from Valve's example, and both games are quietly influencing the others' future.
Valve loses patent infringement lawsuit to SCUF Gaming, will pay millions in damages
Valve loses patent infringement lawsuit to SCUF Gaming, will pay millions in damages
As we reported last week, a division of SCUF Gaming known as Ironburg Inventions decided to take Valve to court in a lawsuit over patent infringement of the paddle features for its controller design.
Steam China goes public next week with Dota 2 and CS:GO
Steam China goes public next week with Dota 2 and CS:GO
Perfect World and Valve are about to launch a public beta of Steam China, the standalone version of Steam that will offer a selection of Steam games in compliance with Chinese regulatory requirements.
The Steam Game Festival just served up 500 demos to dig into
Valve to pay $4 million in Steam Controller patent infringement case
Valve to pay $4 million in Steam Controller patent infringement case
SCUF Gaming holds the patent for the gamepad's rear controllers.
Valve Fined $4 Million Over Steam Controller Patent Infringement
Valve Fined $4 Million Over Steam Controller Patent Infringement
SCUF has scored a major win in their patent infringement trial over Valve, with a jury awarding $US4 million to the third-party controller manufacturer over the sale of the Steam Controller. Read more...
Valve loses Steam Controller patent infringement case
Valve loses Steam Controller patent infringement case
Jury trial awards $4 million in damages to Ironburg Inventions
Valve loses controller patent case, must pay $4m in damages
Valve loses controller patent case, must pay $4m in damages
Jury ruled that company willfully infringed on patent when it manufactured Steam Controller
Uncut version of Left 4 Dead 2 released in Germany
Uncut version of Left 4 Dead 2 released in Germany
German authorities grant original version of Valve's co-op shooter a rating 11 years after its initial release
A New Lawsuit Accuses Valve of Abusing Its Power to Keep PC Game Prices High
A New Lawsuit Accuses Valve of Abusing Its Power to Keep PC Game Prices High
A new class action lawsuit has been filed against Valve and accuses the company of abusing its power to keep PC game prices high.
Lawsuit accuses Valve of abusing Steam market power to prevent price competition
Lawsuit accuses Valve of abusing Steam market power to prevent price competition
A new lawsuit has accused Valve of abusing Steam's market power to prevent price competition. The Hollywood Reporter said that five gamers filed an antitrust class action in California that alleges Valve requires developers and publishers enter into a "Most Favoured Nation" clause. A Most Favoured Nation clause is a retail parity clause in which a supplier agrees to treat a particular customer no worse than all other customers.
Valve facing new lawsuit for alleged digital storefront pricing monopoly
Valve facing new lawsuit for alleged digital storefront pricing monopoly
Common sense tends to tell us that monopolies are almost never a good thing.
Lawsuit alleges Valve are abusing power to keep game prices high
Lawsuit alleges Valve are abusing power to keep game prices high
CD Projekt and Devolver Digital also named as defendants
11 years later, Left 4 Dead 2 releases uncut in Germany
11 years later, Left 4 Dead 2 releases uncut in Germany
Left 4 Dead 2 is finally available uncut in Germany, Valve has announced. Over a decade after Left 4 Dead 2 came out, Valve requested the German authorities re-evaluate the zombie shooter and as a result, the uncut international version is now available in the country. The German and Australian ratings boards refused to classify Left 4 Dead 2 when it launched in November 2009 because of its violence and gore.
Lawsuit claims Valve is abusing its market dominance to keep prices high
Lawsuit claims Valve is abusing its market dominance to keep prices high
The lawsuit also names developers including Ubisoft, CD Projekt, and Devolver Digital.
After 11 Years, Left 4 Dead 2 Is Finally Uncensored In Germany
After 11 Years, Left 4 Dead 2 Is Finally Uncensored In Germany
Valve announced Thursday that, after more than a decade, Germany has decided to allow folks to play an uncensored version of Left 4 Dead 2. Read more...
Left 4 Dead 2 finally gets an 'uncut' update in Germany
Left 4 Dead 2 finally gets an 'uncut' update in Germany
German authorities have re-evaluated Valve's gory horde shooter.
Steam's latest Game Festival features 500 playable demos, starts Sunday
Steam's latest Game Festival features 500 playable demos, starts Sunday
Valve has announced the return of its increasingly regular Steam Game Festival this weekend, bringing with it 500 playable demos, developer livestreams, and more. This fifth outing for Valve's indie-focussed Game Festival event is scheduled to begin this Sunday, 3rd February, at 6pm in the UK (that's 10am PT), and the festivities cease one week later, on Saturday, 9th February, at the same time. With 500 playable demos available for the duration of the event, it's a wonderful, if rather intimidating, proposition for those that like to dig around in search of undiscovered gems.
Latest Steam Game Festival detailed by Valve, includes 500+ free demos
Latest Steam Game Festival detailed by Valve, includes 500+ free demos
Last year, the Steam Game Festival almost became a seasonal occurrence.
Valve bans 37 CS:GO coaches caught cheating with a spectator bug
Valve bans 37 CS:GO coaches caught cheating with a spectator bug
Four coaches have been given lifetime bans from CS:GO Major events.
Valve on trial for allegedly copying SCUF controller features
Valve on trial for allegedly copying SCUF controller features
Remember the Steam Controller, that weird, haptic feedback gaming pad that nobody really bought (until Valve sold its remaining stock for 5$ USD each)? Well, apparently Valve did even more wrong than create an unsuccessful gaming peripheral.
Dota 2’s player-powered anti-griefing system is here
Dota 2’s player-powered anti-griefing system is here
The Overwatch will be judge and jury over reports of bad behaviour
Steam Game Festival returns next week with over 500 free demos
Steam Game Festival returns next week with over 500 free demos
Six days is enough time to try out 500 games...
Valve on trial for allegedly infringing controller patents
Valve on trial for allegedly infringing controller patents
The Steam Controller is accused of being based on a patent belonging to SCUF
The first snapshots of Dota 2’s Overwatch system are here
The first snapshots of Dota 2’s Overwatch system are here
Late last year, Valve announced that Dota 2 is getting an “Overwatch-style system” similar to CS:GO’s.