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Steam racks up 125 million active accounts, with help from Dota 2 and Counter-Strike

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Steam racks up 125 million active accounts, with help from Dota 2 and Counter-Strike

Yeah, course: Steam’s numbers are always going in right direction. But it’s the sheer velocity of the thing that’s exciting. As Valve pull the platform into new shapes with SteamVR, there are now 125 million people using it as a platform for buying and playing games. That means a full fifth of Steam’s current userbase has shown up since September. 

Two games in particular might have had something to do with it.

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Dirty Bomb weekend stress test starts today; will include over 100,000 players

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Dirty Bomb weekend stress test starts today; will include over 100,000 players

Splash Damage and Nexon America are getting ready to invite over 100,000 players to take part in the first of two weekend stress tests for their “hardcore" first-person shooter, Dirty Bomb. The test will take place within Steam using dedicated servers, taking advantage of Valve’s Steamworks for all its matchmaking needs.

To get potential new players up to speed, Splash Damage has released a training video to give players a few last minute tips.

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Update: Steam chat was censoring any mention of one torrent website but it's fixed now

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Update: Steam chat was censoring any mention of one torrent website but it's fixed now

Like an assassin in the dark, Steam chat is automatically whisking away and deleting any mention of illegal downloads website KickassTorrents. If you link to the website in any message you send, the recipient simply won’t receive the message at all. 

Update: And it seems that someone at Valve has pulled the plug on the censor sweep. You can now message about Kickass.to as much as you like.

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Dota 2 sees over one million players concurrently for New Bloom event; servers struggle with load

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Dota 2 sees over one million players concurrently for New Bloom event; servers struggle with load

The players of Dota 2 have been enjoying the fruits of the latest content update, with the return of the New Bloom festival. With it, a new game mode has been made available, pitting teams and their tamed Year Beast against each other.

The mode and its rewards have attracted over one million concurrent players in fact.

Unfortunately, the game mode is only made available during limited 10-minute periods at random times throughout the day. The results have caused the Dota 2 network to either put players in lengthy queues, or crash altogether as everyone piles in to play the Year Beast Brawl.

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Dota 2 New Bloom festival to return; features new Winter Wyvern hero

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Dota 2 New Bloom festival to return; features new Winter Wyvern hero

Dota 2 is on the precipice of a new content update, with the return of the New Bloom festival, and it’s Year Beast. But immediately, there’s some noticeable differences between this year’s, and last year’s event. First - it will introduce a new original hero to the game: Winter Wyvern. She’s a huge frosty dragon who’s got a thing for books. Also in the update is a new model enhancing arcana, this time being granted to Crystal Maiden in the form of a frostbitten cloak.

Valve have began the long tease with a light-hearted comic, and a New Bloom trailer.

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Resident Evil HD Remaster becomes Capcom's fastest selling digital title

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Resident Evil HD Remaster becomes Capcom's fastest selling digital title

Capcom’s Resident Evil HD Remaster is so contagious that it’s managed to become their “fastest selling digital title" in the company's history across Europe and North America. The high-definition remake released back on January 20th across multiple platforms, including the PC via Steam.

“It’s been great to see so many positive comments from fans that have enjoyed this new release," stated producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi in a ‘thank you’ video message. "we are thrilled at this news on its performance."

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Valve get mysterious with "Mystery Midweek" Steam sale

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Valve get mysterious with "Mystery Midweek" Steam sale

If you’ve visited the Steam store today, you’re likely to think there’s nothing out of the ordinary going on, but you’d be dead wrong. With a bit of detective work and some URL magic, it’s been revealed that Valve are holding a hidden Steam Sale, promoting “mystery" themed games by slashing their price by up to 75%.

Alan Wake, Gone Home, The Wolf Among Us and The Vanishing of Ethan Carter are just a few among the lineup.

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Steam Inventory is now available to all Steamworks developers; more hats inevitable

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Steam Inventory is now available to all Steamworks developers; more hats inevitable

This is my Dota 2 Steam inventory. It’s rather messy - after all, it represents over 1500 hours spent within the game. Games from Valve aren’t the only ones that have the ability to generate persistent items; others such as Path of Exile, Spiral Knights and Warframe also use the inventory system.

Today, Valve have opened it up to any Steamworks developer to use, allowing them to use Valve’s tech to create and store items earned or bought within their games. It also opens up the Steam Marketplace for players to sell the items to the rest of the community.

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Valve delivers ultimatum on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive insider betting

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Valve delivers ultimatum on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive insider betting

Valve have reinforced their policy on professional players, team managers and/or event production staff betting against eSport matches using “inside information". Doing so could lead to players and/or teams from being banned from events that Valve are involved with.

“Betting using inside information, or even the perception or suspicion thereof, carries a significant risk of damaging your personal brand, your team, your community," said the Valve blog “And may lead to exclusion from future Valve-sponsored events."

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Square Enix is having a ridiculously big Steam sale this weekend

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Square Enix is having a ridiculously big Steam sale this weekend

New Tomb Raider for a fiver. The Thief Collection for £8.24. Just Cause 2 for two pounds? A hovercraft for less than a bag of crisps! A new dress for Lara Croft for eleven pence?!

Square Enix is having a big auld' Steam sale this weekend and you and your wallet are invited. Titles and entire game collections across the publisher's range, including Final Fantasy, Tomb Raider, Hitman, Just Cause and Deus Ex, are all enjoying as much as 85% off.

Get your consumerism on. Come on, come on, fill that void in your heart with products!

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Steam beta update displays your DLC in a sensible and orderly fashion

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Steam beta update displays your DLC in a sensible and orderly fashion

Steam’s beta client has once again struck its users with another new feature, this time centered around simplifying DLC. Users opted into the beta will now see any DLC they own for a game via their library, rather than having to shuffle through multiple menus, or visit the Steam store.

It’s all rather pretty, and you’re only a couple of clicks from receiving the same treatment if it tickles your fancy.

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How to get better at Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

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How to get better at Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

By Mitch Bowman

With Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s release in 2012, and the subsequent reinvigoration of CS as an esport, the game is larger in the public eye than ever before, and that’s bound to bring in some fresh meat. If you’re one of those new players who’s been sucked in by Global Offensive’s recent popularity, here’s some quick pointers to improve your CS skills.

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Lights, camera, action: Steam Broadcasting and FPS counter leaves beta

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Lights, camera, action: Steam Broadcasting and FPS counter leaves beta

Valve’s newest endeavor into taking over the world, this time competing with the likes of Twitch to enable streaming of their games to the masses, has finally left beta. Steam Broadcasting allows players to stream any game they play to either their friends, or the public, and without a whole lot of effort either.

Also heading out of beta today is the long awaited, but much welcomed FPS counter in the Steam overlay.

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Angels Fall First is an FPS, RTS and spaceship dogfighting game rolled into one, and it looks fab

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Angels Fall First is an FPS, RTS and spaceship dogfighting game rolled into one, and it looks fab

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s none of them - Angel Falls First is a whole lot else though: first person shooter, spaceship fighter sim, and real time strategy combined into one tidy package. If this piques your interest, then I’ve got some good news: the game has already been greenlit on Steam, and is deep into development.

The devs have just released a new trailer that demonstrates the many ways you can play the game, and we’ve got it below.

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DiRT 3 owners on Steam will upgrade to Complete Edition for free due to GFWL removal delays

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DiRT 3 owners on Steam will upgrade to Complete Edition for free due to GFWL removal delays

Codemasters announced over a year ago that they were going to shed their rally car game, DiRT 3, or the infamous Games for Windows Live. The only thing is, it is still to happen, but the impending move over to Steamworks is almost complete.

As a thanks to all those who’ve waited, Codemasters will be upgrading everyone’s copies of the game to the Complete Edition, free of charge.

“Again, apologies about the delay but we're almost there." said developer justbiglee on the Steam forums.

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Steam adds Captcha confirmation process on all trade offers to help thwart thieving malware

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Steam adds Captcha confirmation process on all trade offers to help thwart thieving malware

In another attempt to stop the bad guys getting away with it, Valve have added a new Captcha system to any and all Steam trade offers, to help prevent users from being swindled by nifty malware. Users will now need to type in the cryptic code displayed on each offer they submit. According to Valve, this is due to malicious malware being able to make trades on the users behalf, effectively cleaning out their accounts.

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