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BT Sues Valve

British Telecommunication plc (BT) has sued Valve Corp. in the State of Delaware alleging infringement of four technology patents in the operation of the Steam digital distribution service. The British firm claimed that it attempted to communicate on three separate occasions with Valve legal counsel between October of last year and April 2016, and since they received no response, were compelled to file the lawsuit.
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HTC Vive hits $799

FEB. 22, 2016 • A month after the Oculus Rift began pre-orders at $599, HTC Corp.’s Vive entered preorder contention at $799. Similarly, the Rift ships in March with the Vive following in April. The Vive was developed in partnership with Valve Inc. Both virtual reality headsets are more similar than they are dissimilar in […]

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Steam Expands Refund Policy

JUNE 4, 2015 • Valve Corp. has instituted a much wider refund policy behind its Steam digital distribution service. Starting this week consumers may request a refund for any reason during the first 14 days of use as long as the title has been played for less than two hours. Game DLC purchased separately is also […]


Native Linux CryEngine

MARCH 13, 2014 • At this month’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco Crytek GmbH will be demonstrating the most recent generation of its CryEngine (the developer ceased numbering its engine after CryEngine 3) which includes fully native support for Linux. Although Crytek ported CryEngine 3 to Linux, and Kingdom Come: Deliverance from Prague-based Warhorse Studios […]


Counter-Strike Still Tops

SEPT. 27, 2011 • Valve Corporation told Develop magazine that the most played game on Steam is the original Counter-Strike released 11 years ago, not newer titles such as Call of Duty: Black Ops. The Source-engined update of Counter-Strike is the third most played game on Steam. Valve hopes to transition both communities to a […]


TF 2 Gets Virtual Items

SEPT. 28, 2010 • Virtual item sales were added to Team Fortress 2 in an update by Valve Inc.  The 17 unlockable items can be purchased from 49 cents to $4.99, and were created by players. A percentage of each sale will be split with these item creators. Players who don’t want to pay for […]


Steam Mac Stats

MAY 20, 2010 • After one week in circulation, Valve Inc.’s Steam client for the Macintosh had generated some interesting statistics. First, roughly two thirds of all Steam Mac users are running games on a laptop. Second, in just seven days more than 11% of all Steam purchases were by Mac users. Impact: A major side […]


Steam Gets Micro-Transactions

MARCH 21, 2010 • In a brochure detailing new features for its Steam service, Valve outlined support for micro-transaction in 2010. “Want to offer your customers a scabbard for their sword?  New tires?  The latest in night vision goggles?  Now you can through micro-transaction support in Steamworks.  Your item server can now be easily integrated […]


Steam Comes to Mac

MARCH 8, 2010 • Steam, Valve Inc.’s digital download service will support the Mac platform starting in April. Valve’s library of games including Left 4 Dead 2, Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike, Portal, and the Half-Life series will be available. Impact: In DFC’s recently launched Consumer Trends and Virtual Goods report that included a survey of […]