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Epic Games Store now has a customer-friendly refund policy, matching Steam

Epic Games Store now has a customer-friendly refund policy, matching Steam

The Epic Games Store launched last month with the potential to make the biggest shake-up in the PC games marketplace since, well Steam, its biggest rival at this point. Unfortunately, it made its debut with a much more conservative refund policy than what Steam users are accustomed to. There's good news today, though, as Epic has announced a new refund system that allows players an unlimited number of refunds, making it an almost direct match for Valve's storefront.

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The Division 2 ditches Steam for Epic Games Store

The Division 2 ditches Steam for Epic Games Store

With its new PC games store, Epic is taking the fight directly to Steam. It's doing that by undercutting Steam on revenue sharing - while Valve's revenue sharing model starts off giving 70% of each sale to developers and goes up from there, Epic's model instead gives developers 88% of each sale from the very start. As you can imagine, that's likely to turn some heads among developers and publishers.

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Steam’s best-selling games of 2018 list has some surprises

Steam’s best-selling games of 2018 list has some surprises

In the midst of its winter sale, Valve has revealed the top-selling games on Steam for 2018. This is something it does every year, but instead of giving us actual numbers in terms of sales or revenue, Valve simply groups the year's best sellers into four different groups: platinum, gold, silver, and bronze. We're seeing some familiar titles make their way into that platinum group this year, which is somewhat surprising.

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Steam Winter Sale 2018 is here: Check out the highlights

Steam Winter Sale 2018 is here: Check out the highlights

Even though your bank account may be hurting thanks to all the gift giving that's about to occur, Valve is trying to tempt that wallet into opening up again. Today, it officially kicked off the Steam Winter Sale, which is one the biggest annual sales the platform hosts. With that in mind, it seems like the vast majority of Steam's catalog is discounted during this promotion.

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Epic Games Store now open, continues crusade against revenue sharing

Epic Games Store now open, continues crusade against revenue sharing

Epic is making quite an epic name for itself, though not always in a good way. CEO Tim Sweeney’s tirade against Microsoft’s UWP platform and the more recent Fortnite on Android drama has given the game developer and publisher a more “pro-developer” image. And to actually put money where its mouth is, the company has just opened the doors to its shiny new Epic Games Store to entice developers with an 88/12 revenue sharing arrangement.

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Epic Games puts Steam on notice by launching its own store

Epic Games puts Steam on notice by launching its own store

Now that Fortnite is well on the path to world domination, Epic has decided to take the fight to Steam. Today, Epic announced that it's launching a game store of its own, complete with an aggressive revenue sharing model that seems to be entirely focused on disrupting digital distribution. When you consider the built-in userbase that Epic already has thanks to Fortnite and its in-house launcher, there's the potential for this new store to become popular very quickly.

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Now you can turn Raspberry Pi into a Steam Link

Now you can turn Raspberry Pi into a Steam Link

Late last month, Valve discontinued the Steam Link and sold off its remaining stock during the Steam Autumn Sale. While the Steam Link app will continue to be supported (along with existing Steam Link hardware), the app isn't the best solution for some folks looking stream from their PC to another device. Luckily, Valve is giving users the ability to create their own Steam Link box today by bringing the app to Raspberry Pi.

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Steam makes a play for big game publishers

Steam makes a play for big game publishers

For years now, Steam has been the largest digital storefront for PC games. Slowly but surely, competitors to Steam have been rising up, and to ensure that big publishers keep putting their game on the platform, Valve has decided to tweak its Steam Distribution Agreement. There are a few changes coming along with this update, but the most important are the new revenue sharing tiers.

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Cyber Monday 2018 Buyers Guide: the best digital deals in town

Cyber Monday 2018 Buyers Guide: the best digital deals in town

Another Thanksgiving, another maddening run to get the best Black Friday sales deals. These days, though, you rarely need to literally run and rampage through stores thanks to online shopping. In fact, some of the deals aren’t even physical things you need to race for to grab before anyone else. So while you recover from the weekend’s festivities and frenzy, why not grab an app or game that’s going to last you more than just one season.

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If Steam Link is gone, here are your alternatives

If Steam Link is gone, here are your alternatives

By the time you read this, Steam Link may already be dead. This week Valve announced they'd soon no longer have physical hardware units for their Steam Link system available for sale. This was true of both stock in the UK and in the USA, and final stock will likely leave the official Steam store soon. For those users that already have a Steam Link, there's good news. For those that are just hearing about Steam Link now - you're not alone! Also, there are alternatives for what's basically the exact same service.

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Steam Link hardware is dead, long live the Steam Link app

Steam Link hardware is dead, long live the Steam Link app

Valve is arguably great at software, both its own games as well as its game publishing and distribution platform. It seems to have worse luck, however, when it comes to making and selling its own hardware. Steam Machines, both its own as well as its partners, have long been considered a failure now the other parts of its ecosystem are also falling to pieces. The latest to join that Valve hardware graveyard is the Steam Link box, which, admittedly, may have been way ahead of its time.

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HTC VIVE Wireless Adapter Review

HTC VIVE Wireless Adapter Review

The HTC VIVE Wireless Adapter is a bit of technology that changes the overall feeling of reality in a room-scale VR experience. This is an add-on to the original HTC VIVE and the HTC VIVE Pro. This adapter isn't required to enter virtual reality, but it'll make the process a lot less painful if you're not particularly sure-footed. Less painful, that is, if you didn't have a rough time setting up the VIVE in the first place.

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