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More changes are coming to Steam, including ominous groups of curators

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More changes are coming to Steam, including ominous groups of curators

Steam sleuths SteamDB spotted an update Valve pushed through the Steam Translation Server today, and it confirms some of the big changes coming to the store. 

They are meaty additions, like personalised front pages, a better search tool, changes to tabs and the introduction of curators, which seems to app features from social networks. 

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Everybody panic: Steam is different

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Everybody panic: Steam is different

Help. The Steam beta client is an altered beast today, in a hundred small ways. It’s disorientating, as if somebody has changed the colour of all our toothbrushes, or relocated the cereal cupboard an inch to the left. Let’s try and get our bearings, shall we?

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Well-thumbed: the Steam Controller has grown an analog stick

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Well-thumbed: the Steam Controller has grown an analog stick

The Steam Controller, as it was first pitched to us, was a totally alien way to play a game. Two flat radar dishes, resembling the subwoofers in the back of a an 18-year-old’s car, represented the promise of mouse-controlled games on the couch. A touch screen at its centre stood in quiet tribute to the Dreamcast. Possibly.

Nowadays it looks much more familiar. Four Xbox port-friendly letters sit below the Steam Controller's pause button, and a thumbstick - a new addition - in place of the last prototype’s d-pad.

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NewBee wins the 2014 Dota 2 International

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NewBee wins the 2014 Dota 2 International

NewBee have beaten ViCi Gaming in the Dota 2 International 2014 grand finals for a total of over $5 million dollars. The Chinese team have had a rollercoaster of a tournament: only last week they were fighting elimination from the playoffs. But since then they stormed through the brackets to secure their place in the grand final on day one of the main event.

The first place prize ensures that each player will receive at least one million dollars each, and automatically places them as the highest earning eSport players in the world.

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ESPN2's coverage of the Dota 2 International is just too much for some viewers

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ESPN2's coverage of the Dota 2 International is just too much for some viewers

The growth of eSports, you could assume, has laid to rest the tired old arguments of what constitutes a sport and how Dota 2 or League of Legends don’t fit the bill. There are fewer and fewer things that separate traditional sports and eSports, and the latter becomes more like the former every year. 

It looks like there are still plenty of folk who aren’t ready for eSports to be considered real sports, however. And there are quite a few who are genuinely outraged, because outrage is a compelling hobby. The Dota 2 International has been airing on ESPN2, and people have taken to Twitter to express just how devastating this is. 

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The Dota 2 International grand finals are tonight; final prize pool $10,931,105

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The Dota 2 International grand finals are tonight; final prize pool $10,931,105

The Dota 2 International 2014 grand finals are here. Sixteen teams have battled over the past two weeks to have a shot at the Aegis of Champions, and with it a slice of just under $11 million dollars; the winner of which will take home over $5 million. The mammoth best of five is between two Chinese teams: ViCi Gaming and NewBee. It’ll mark the first International where fan favourites Na’Vi have not made it to the finals.

The broadcast is starting right now over on Twitch, and you won’t want to miss it for the world.

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Dota 2 International main event: Day Two

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Dota 2 International main event: Day Two

Today was a tough day in the International main event: teams were going to be eliminated from the tournament. Between Na’Vi, Cloud9, IG and LGD, two teams were destined to have their International dream come to a halt.

For those stung with disappointment, there was always the All-Star game to fall back on, and boy did Valve deliver. Spoilers ahead as I dissect day two of the Dota 2 International main event.

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Dota 2 International main event: Day One

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Dota 2 International main event: Day One

Day one at the main event has come to a close. The upper bracket was populated by some of the best teams in Dota 2, demonstrated by their previous performances in last week’s playoffs. But only one could make it all the way to the grand final, and the rest would be exiled to the lower bracket for one last chance at retribution.

What transpired was no less than phenomenal; a perfect start to this four day event.

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What to expect from the Dota 2 International main event

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What to expect from the Dota 2 International main event

The Dota 2 International main event kicks off in just under an hour, and it’s set to be the biggest eSports event in history. A record-breaking prize pool that dwarfs some of the world's most popular sports like The Masters, and just a whisper away from that of the NBA. Eight prestigious teams from around the globe will fight between a crowd of 17,500 at Seattle’s Key Arena.

And if you think it stops there, you’re in for a loud surprise. Valve are going to release the second most anticipated thing next to Half Life 3. 

Techies.

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UPDATED: Steam security failings called out in open letter to Valve. Valve respond

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UPDATED: Steam security failings called out in open letter to Valve. Valve respond

In an open letter to Valve, security specialists and developers have called out “Valve’s inconsistency in rewarding those who report bugs (occasionally punishing people), the speed at which Valve addresses bug reports (if at all), and the problems users face attempting to report bugs to Valve." Saying that all of this is making an insecure client “whose systems process sensitive data for millions of customers and partners."

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The International 2014 Dota 2 Championships will be broadcast live on ESPN

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The International 2014 Dota 2 Championships will be broadcast live on ESPN

You’ve probably heard of ESPN, if only during the sports sections of Microsoft’s E3 conferences. They’re pretty damn big in the States, and they cover serious sports like football, basketball, and Dota 2. 

Yes, this year ESPN expands its boundaries to eSports with coverage of The International 2014 through its online ESPN3 channel. Not only that, but a preview of the tournament final will be broadcast on ESPN2, a cable network accessable by 97,717,000 US homes. 

Looks like Dota 2 is invading the America living room.

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