Artifact Player Numbers in Steady Decline

Artifact, the online collectable card game based in the DOTA 2 universe and developed by Valve Corporation, has failed to live up to expectations two months after release. According to data collected by steamcharts.com and steamdb.info, the game has been experiencing a steady decline since its release on November 28th, 2018, as shown below. Along with this drop in player numbers, Artifact today ha...

Valve Lays out 2019 Plans for Steam

Valve is starting the new years by looking back at Steam’s achievements in 2018 and sharing their goals for 2019 in a new blog post. Last year, Steam delivered 15.39 exabytes or 15 billion gigabytes of data to customers through their private network. Valve has expanded their network capacity by 50% and plans on continuing to grow their network at the same pace. Additionally, new SQL database...

Acram Digital Booted from Steam over Fake Reviews

Digital board game publisher Acram Digital was dished a massive setback after Valve cuts ties with Acram Digital. As a result, all games and DLC published by Acram Digital has been removed from the Steam store. Those who currently own the removed PC games or DLC on Steam will not lose access to their games; however, any item related to those games that could previously be sold for Steam Wallet fun...

Firewatch Devs Campo Santo Joins Valve

Indie devs Campo Santo announced they are joining Valve. The terms of the deal is not entirely clear by the announcement; however, Campo Santo confirmed that they will be moving from California to Valve’s headquarters in Washington to continue work on the upcoming game In the Valley of Gods. While Campo Santo now has greater access to resources thanks to Valve’s much deeper pockets, Ca...

Valve Speaks out about Delisting the Steam Machine Section

Valve recently delisted the Steam Machine section from the main navigation bar, triggering a wave of rumours about the impending death of the Steam Machine program and Valve’s Linux support. Pierre-Loup Griffais, a coder at Valve, posted an update on the Steam community forums clarifying the situation. He emphasized that Valve’s support for Linux is not going anywhere. While Griffais a...

Steam Lunar Sale Starts Today

According to steam.db Twitter, the next Steam sale is Lunar New Year Sale and it will run from later today until February 19th. During Lunar New Year, it is customary for parents and older people to give money to children and young people in red envelopes for a blessing. This is a smart business plan by Valve since both China and Japan follow this tradition. In other words, Valve is going to make ...

Valve to Appeal to High Court of Australia over Three Million Dollar Fine

Jonny Roses, a lawyer with the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association in Australia is reporting that Valve is continuing to battle it out with the Australian government. Originally, Valve was fined $3 million after the Federal Court found Valve in violation of Australian Consumer Law by not offering refunds, the appropriate warranties under Australian law, and warranties for purchased t...

Steam Tops Over 18 Million Users Online at Once for the First Time

The Switch isn’t the only platform breaking gaming records. SteamDB is reporting Steam has set a new internal record for players online at over 18.5 million players. At the same time, over seven millions gamers were playing at the same time. PLAYERUNKNOWN’s Battlegrounds alone contributed over three million players in this period. Steam reaches 18 million concurrent users for the first...

Valve Clarifies They are Not VAC Banning Linux Users with catbot as a Username

Valve capped off the holidays with a massive wave of banhammer strikes targeting users of the Team Fortress 2 botting software catbot. Initial reports on GitHub alleged that anyone running Linux with username catbot would be issued a VAC ban. The username is commonly used in tutorials for setting up the botting software on Linux. New Year’s Day was marred with a bit of confusion and understa...

Valve Disables Steam Community in China

Chinese gamers are waking up to find that the Steam Community has been disabled in China. All Steam Community features including wish lists and Steam Trading Cards are affected. Capsule Computers have reached out to contacts in China to find out more details who report that Valve themselves blocked Steam Community, not the Chinese government. The Steam Community is home to several groups supportin...

Australian Federal Court Upholds Ruling Against Valve

Valve has been delivered some coal in its Christmas stocking by the Australian courts. The US based company’s appeal has been thrown out be the Australian Federal Court. The original ruling of the Australian Federal Court that hit Valve with a three million dollar penalty after it was ruled the company violated the Australian Consumer Law by misleading Australian customers by not offering re...

Steam Winter Sale Starts Tomorrow

Time to crack open that piggy bank once again! It’s only been a month since we had a major sale on Steam but holidays are almost here and you know what that means. Spend all that hard earned money on too many games you might play once, in a distant future. Thanks to the leaks we knew the dates for both sales for quite some time and the Winter one is due for tomorrow. The Autumn sale had a ne...

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