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Valve’s Twitch rival Steam.TV revealed early, then pulled

Valve’s Twitch rival Steam.TV revealed early, then pulled

On Friday the world got an early peek at a Twitch-like live streaming platform from Valve. The site Steam.tv went live for a brief period of time, showcasing a stream from Valve's own annual Dota 2 tournament, The International 2018. Shortly after, the site was pulled and left with a blank page, although Valve has confirmed that the platform is real and was only made public by accident.

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Bethesda confirms Fallout 76 won’t be available on Steam

Bethesda confirms Fallout 76 won’t be available on Steam

Bethesda has revealed that Fallout fans won't be able to purchase the franchise's latest installment on Steam. The company plans to directly offer Fallout 76 for purchase through its own website, a deviation from previous Fallout games on PC. Confirmation followed a couple of hints, including the presence of a generic "PC game" logo on the Fallout 76 purchase page.

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Stardew Valley’s big multiplayer update is now live on PC

Stardew Valley’s big multiplayer update is now live on PC

Today is a big day for Stardew Valley fans, because multiplayer has arrived at last. That's the case in the PC, Mac, and Linux versions of the game at least, and the update that enables multiplayer is actually a massive one. That's because it's also adding a bunch of new content to the game, so there's plenty here for folks who prefer playing alone as well.

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Steam Chat now live for all: Behold!

Steam Chat now live for all: Behold!

Today the Steam Chat system went live for the whole entire world, all at once. This system wasn't necessarily built specifically to destroy any other system for chat - like Discord, for example - but it might well put a dent in their usership. For Steam games anyway. This system was in play in Beta mode for quite a while and just went fully live just today.

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PUBG custom matches will soon be available to all

PUBG custom matches will soon be available to all

PUBG has supported custom games ever since it first launched, but for most players, they've been inaccessible this entire time. Instead of letting all players create custom games, PUBG Corp instead limited that ability to a select group of PUBG partners - typically streamers who had audiences large enough to fill up a custom server. Earlier this year, PUBG Corp said that it eventually wanted to open custom games to all players, and today we're seeing the first step in that process.

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Monster Hunter: World PC release date and specifications revealed

Monster Hunter: World PC release date and specifications revealed

It's safe to say that Monster Hunter: World quickly became a sensation when it launched on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 early in the year. Fans were definitely excited for Monster Hunter's return to consoles, and it didn't take long for Monster Hunter: World to gather up an impressive collection of glowing reviews and become the best-selling game in Capcom's history. All the while, though, PC players were left on the outside looking in.

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Shenmue 1 and 2 remasters slated for August release

Shenmue 1 and 2 remasters slated for August release

We won't be seeing Shenmue 3 launch until sometime in 2019, but the good news is that series fans will have something to tide them over in the meantime. Back in April, Sega announced that it's remastering the first two Shenmue games for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. Today, we know when those remasters will launch, and release is only several weeks away.

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Steam Summer Sale 2018 on now with 1000s of deals on games

Steam Summer Sale 2018 on now with 1000s of deals on games

Just as the rumors foretold, the Steam Summer Sale has launched at last. Like every other annual sale Valve holds, this one offers deep discounts on many of the games in Steam's catalog. Steam veterans might not find a ton of exciting deals after years and years of sales like this, but for anyone who might be a relatively new to the world of PC gaming, the Steam Summer Sale is definitely a good time to pad your library.

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PUBG’s Sanhok map finally launches this week

PUBG’s Sanhok map finally launches this week

After months of waiting and a lot of testing, PUBG's new Sanhok map is nearly ready for prime time. PUBG Corp has announced that the new map will launch in the live version of the game later this week, which means no more downloading test servers if you want a chance to play it. The map has proven very popular with players throughout its testing phases, so expect it to get a lot of playtime once it's finally in the game.

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Steam Creator Homepages give developers a gaming storefront

Steam Creator Homepages give developers a gaming storefront

With an ever-increasing number of games offered through Steam, Valve can sometimes have a tricky time with discovery. Highlighting new and updated games on Steam's homepage or encouraging players to look at their discovery queues are a couple of ways Valve has tried to get games in front of people who might be interested in playing them, but the company can always do more. This week, we're seeing Valve launch a new feature it calls Creator Homepages, which could help further fuel discovery.

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If you’ve ever used Steam, you need to see this

If you’ve ever used Steam, you need to see this

In keeping with the strict General Data Protection Regulation laid down by the European Union, Valve has rolled out a new data portal to Steam users that can only be described as "exhaustive." This portal puts pretty much every piece of information about your Steam account in one place, serving up boatloads of data you probably never even cared to look at in the first place. While some of this data was accessible in one way or another before GDPR became law, this new portal organizes it and makes it easier to find specific information.

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Steam Link on iOS won’t allow buying games

Steam Link on iOS won’t allow buying games

Apple has very strict rules for what apps are allowed on its iOS app store. One of those is that the app shouldn't offer its own marketplace, be it for other apps or even digital content. That is the reality that Amazon has faced with its Kindle app and that is the same reality Valve will now have to face. That is, if it wants its Steam Link game streaming app to be allowed back into the App Store for good.

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