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PC gaming in its "second golden age" according to Killing Floor devs Tripwire

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PC gaming in its "second golden age" according to Killing Floor devs Tripwire

Killing Floor 2 types Tripwire Interactive were working with a very different Steam back when they launched Red Orchestra in 2006. At best, concurrent player counts were a little over a million across the whole service - and maybe 15 million were signed up to Steam in total.

Today, with help from Dota 2 and Counter-Strike, Steam has 125 million active accounts.

“I think it’s a second golden age for PC gaming right now," said Tripwire president John Gibson.

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Elite: Dangerous is now available via Steam; "no plans" at the moment to supply existing players with codes

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Elite: Dangerous is now available via Steam; "no plans" at the moment to supply existing players with codes

Update: After getting bombarded with tweets, Frontier is now looking at the possibility of providing Steam keys for existing Elite: Dangerous players. 

In an unexpected surprise, Frontier have docked their space-simulator, Elite: Dangerous, within Steam, allowing budding new commanders to use the worlds biggest PC service as their gateway to the stars. But existing players hoping to use the features that come with Steam integration will miss out for the time being.

“Current players will not be receiving a steam code in current plans," stated Frontier’s Twitter. “We are assessing player feedback."

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Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive are bigger than Steam was two years ago, and they're still growing...

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Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive are bigger than Steam was two years ago, and they're still growing...

Over the last couple of years Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive have exploded, stealing the two top spots on Steam’s most played list, and remaining there as if steel-pinned into concrete blocks. It’s difficult to think of anything that could replace them. 

But something more interesting is happening. The number of people playing Dota 2 and CS:GO is growing at such a rate that they threaten to become bigger than every other game on Steam combined. We spoke to James Gray of SteamCharts.com to see what’s going on. 

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EU push to end regional limits on digital sales: "Let us do away with all those fences online"

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EU push to end regional limits on digital sales: "Let us do away with all those fences online"

If I were to say to you that too many Europeans are diverted into nation-specific online stores without clear justification, you might well reply: “Steam, innit". But that answer’s not good enough for the European Commission, who’ve made it their mission to tackle geo-blocking and create a Digital Single Market. If they succeed, it’s going to change the way we buy and play PC games.

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2K Games celebrates its 10th anniversary with a big Steam sale

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2K Games celebrates its 10th anniversary with a big Steam sale

2K has been publishing games for a decade, and is currently celebrating its birthday. If it was a person, you’d expect there to be cake, maybe some heavy drinking, perhaps a lovely meal in a fancy restaurant. You know, exactly the sort of stuff you’d expect from a 10th birthday. But seeing as it’s a company that publishes and sells games, it’s hosting a Steam sale instead. 

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Steam purchases in the EU now refundable for 14 days

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Steam purchases in the EU now refundable for 14 days

Update: It looks like things haven't changed much at all, despite the update to Steam's subscriber agreement. Read the full story for further details. 

A Steam subscriber agreement update has seen the platform’s policy in regards to refunds in the European Union change.  From now on, purchases made in the EU will have a 14 day period in which the buyer can receive a refund no-questions-asked. 

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All Steam users must now disclose whether they have been paid to recommend a game. Yes, even you

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All Steam users must now disclose whether they have been paid to recommend a game. Yes, even you

Valve has updated its Steam Subscriber Agreement, the agreement to which all Steam users are bound, to include a new clause that requires users to disclose when they're using the platform to promote a product in exchange for cash, games or non-material rewards.

It follows on from a similar clause that Valve had included in its recent Steam Curator Guidelines, a clause that instructed those with curator pages to make it clear when games had been recommended following payment or other kinds of compensation from a game's publisher or developer.

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SteamVR development timeline gallery

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SteamVR development timeline gallery

While Oculus mostly seemed focused on mobile VR, this year’s GDC saw Valve commit itself to VR headsets for PC with the HTC Vive and SteamVR. Want a look at the all of Valve's fancy prototypes?

Tim’s been running around GDC, taking salacious pictures of VR devices. While they were for his personal use, he’s been talked into sharing them. Take a gander at the gallery below. 

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Payday 2, Shadow of Mordor, and more coming to SteamOS; all on sale now

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Payday 2, Shadow of Mordor, and more coming to SteamOS; all on sale now

With SteamOS and Steam Machines destined to be complete and in our homes by the end of the year, numerous developers have decided to pipe up and announce that their games will be coming to the new operating system. Among the games you can expect to see are Payday 2, Total War: Attila, Batman: Arkham Knight, and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. 

To make sure you’ve got a library prepared for the day you PC game from your living room, Steam has put on a sale of the most exciting SteamOS games. 

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Source 2 (officially) announced; Valve say it'll be "free" to developers

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Source 2 (officially) announced; Valve say it'll be "free" to developers

Valve have revealed Source 2 - a successor to their own in-house Source engine that powers all of their games, including Dota 2, Counter-Strike, and Half-Life 2. Speaking at this year’s Game Developers Conference, Valve also stated that the new engine will be made free to all developers.

“This combined with recent announcements by Epic and Unity," Valve stated in a press-release “will help continue the PCs dominance as the premiere content authoring platform."

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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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