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Pre-order Steam hardware and get Portal 2 and Rocket League free

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If you pre-order a Steam controller, Steam Machine or Steam Link, you currently get a free copy of Valve's own Portal 2, and rocket football indie hit Rocket League. Developed by Psyonix, Rocket League's success doesn't show any signs of slowing down, with over 1m copies of the game sold through Steam since its release last month. 

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Rocket League will also be launching on Mac and SteamOS before 2016.

"User reviews, sales of Rocket League on Steam, and its surging rise among eSports enthusiasts make it clear that the game is and absolute sensation," said Valve's DJ Powers. I wish I was called DJ Powers. 

"In addition to being tremendously fun, our testing shows it plays brilliantly with the Steam Controller. So it was a natural decision for us to work with Psyonix and offer it to gamers free of charge when they pre-order a Steam Hardware device."

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With MLG recently hosting their first Rocket League tournament, it looks like the game could have a bright future in the eSports scene indeed. 

If you want the free games but have already pre-ordered Steam hardware, don't worry - the offer still stands and the games will be added to your Steam account by September 4. If you pre-ordered at retail, you will be given your product keys when you complete your purchase by picking up your goods.

If Rocket League is truly going to be the next big eSports thing it needs a big install base, and this, along with its recent offering on PlayStation Plus, look to bolster its already strong sales and put in on the right track. 

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2 Years ago

I honestly think RL could be the next big eSport. I thought it was a bit too random, but after I watched the MLG it is clearly just me being rubbish, the good players put the ball exactly where they want it.

The best part about it as an eSport is the fact that anyone can watch it. You can't watch dota without playing, the draft is meaningless and it only gets worse after that, you might as well watch a disco lamp with a scoreboard.

As for the Valve hardware, I'm not sold on it, the gamepad has remained largely unchanged since the Dual Shock for a reason, it works. Time will tell if the trackpad thing will pan out, I find the ones on laptops horribly unreliable when my hands get even slightly sweaty, and tense gaming moments will do that...

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Kirk McKeand Avatar
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2 Years ago

Agree with your views on Rocket League as an eSport. I just can't get into Dota at all, as a spectator or as a player. It's not a learning curve, it's a nuclear bunker. Impenetrable.

As for Steam controllers, I'm intrigued, because I like to chill out on the sofa and I have my PC hooked up to my TV like a madman. Will wait until they're in the wild, though. They look strange.

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subedii Avatar
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2 Years ago

Possibly. I've never even played Rocket League but I did find it interesting to watch the MLG final. Glad to see it's coming over to Linux.

That said, I think the case over Dota being impenetrable is kind of overstated, to be honest I find it more scrutable than say, understanding the meta strategies in American Football. I think once you're over that initial learning curve you can understand a fair amount of what's going on, and of course, good commentary helps.

I mean as an example, if you've got a basic grasp of Dota you probably understood what happened this year with the "6 million dollar echo slam" that all the casters were raving about.

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Kirk McKeand Avatar
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2 Years ago

I'm sure I'd grasp the basics if I put the time in - I just don't feel like I'd fully appreciate it without understanding the nuance. I don't like many ordinary sports either, if that makes any difference.

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subedii Avatar
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2 Years ago

Like with most RTS's, generally if you don't play it you won't grasp it, so there's that. As jon_hill said, Rocket League's fairly obvious even if you haven't played it.

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jon_hill987 Avatar
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2 Years ago

I'm not sure, even as a Dota player, when I watched the LOL Worlds finals last year I had no idea what was going on (Sure, I could see who was wining based on towers and kills, but I could not see why they were wining). However, as you point out, there are real life sports that are not obvious at all, yet people watch them...

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