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Valve and five PC publishers might be in hot water with the EU [Update]

Valve and five PC publishers might be in hot water with the EU [Update]

The European Commission announced today that it has sent a Statement of Objection to Valve and five PC games publishers concerning their practices of geo-blocking games across the EU. Region locking, of course, has always been a headache for gamers, particularly those who live in regions where game prices typically run higher than those in other regions. It seems the European Commission wants this practice to end, at least within the confines of the EU.

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Valve confirms Index VR headset will start shipping in June

Valve confirms Index VR headset will start shipping in June

Following months of rumors, Valve teased its own virtual reality hardware called Index late last week. A Steam product page for the VR headset leaked soon after, and now Valve has confirmed its launch plans for the product, stating that it will fully unveil the Index VR headset on May 1 and launch it for purchase later on this summer. Pre-orders are expected to start next month.

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Valve Index teased for May — Valve’s own VR headset

Valve Index teased for May — Valve’s own VR headset

For several months now, rumors have been building about Valve working on its own virtual reality hardware — completely separate from the Vive, which was jointly developed by the game company HTC. Now Valve is letting the cat out of the bag. Friday night saw the release of a simple teaser for the Valve Index headset, along with the line "Upgrade your experience" and a presumed release date of May 2019.

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Artifact’s ‘deep-rooted issues’ prompt Valve to pause game updates

Artifact’s ‘deep-rooted issues’ prompt Valve to pause game updates

In November 2018, Valve released a digital card game called Artifact that hasn't progressed quite the way it expected. Relatively few players are still playing the game only a few months after it launched, many complaining about microtransactions and other issues that make Artifact less than appealing. Now Valve is back with an announcement: it is pausing game updates to focus on 'deep-rooted issues.'

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Epic Games Store is necessary but it’s tearing the community apart

Epic Games Store is necessary but it’s tearing the community apart

Epic Games is disrupting the gaming market and, just like any disruption, not everyone's too happy about it. It's easy enough to see the appeal of Epic's battle cry: better profits for developers and more choices for users. But in order to effect any significant change, Epic Games is employing some business strategies to get developers on its side. Those same strategies, however, are causing gamers and even some developers to draw the line in the sand, splitting the gaming community into sometimes very vocal camps.

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Valve reveals major Steam library redesign and new events page

Valve reveals major Steam library redesign and new events page

Valve is redesigning the Steam store's Library page, the company has revealed, as well as introducing a new Events feature. The change was announced at the Game Developers Conference today, where Valve explained that users will soon see a new Library page design that presents more information at a glance and makes it easier to jump back into games.

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Epic Games Store isn’t spying but does scan Steam local cache

Epic Games Store isn’t spying but does scan Steam local cache

Epic Games almost started to become the shining beacon in the gaming industry with its launch of the very developer-friendly Epic Games Store. Thanks to its zeal to get developers and games onboard, however, it has started to be painted in a less favorable light. The latest controversy the game publisher has found itself in involves accusations of spying, for China even. The company naturally denies the admittedly flimsy association but does own up to peeking into the Steam data stored on PCs.

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Valve will fight review bombing on Steam by hiding off-topic reviews

Valve will fight review bombing on Steam by hiding off-topic reviews

In an age of user reviews, the practice of review bombing has become a serious problem. The tactic involves large groups of people leaving negative reviews in an effort to ruin a product's review score, and nowhere has it been more apparent than on Valve's Steam marketplace. The last few years have seen the company take steps to fight review bombing, which is less about evaluating a game and more about retaliation, and now they're adding a new tool to the arsenal.

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Valve layoffs hint at downsized VR projects

Valve layoffs hint at downsized VR projects

February saw just over a dozen employees laid off from Valve, possibly the result of shifting plans for the game company's virtual reality division. Among the 13 people let go, a number are confirmed to have been working on VR-related projects, including the SteamVR platform, along with some that are believed to have been involved in new hardware development.

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Steam non-gaming video content will soon be gone

Steam non-gaming video content will soon be gone

Steam has always been about games but, in recent years, Valve has worked to expand that brand to other gaming-related products, from hardware to operating systems to videos. That last bit, however, has also grown to include some videos that stretch that association too far. With Valve undergoing some introspection, the company has come to the decision that videos might not be that essential to its bottom line and will be retiring those unrelated content over the coming weeks.

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Steam Awards winners for 2018 revealed with few surprises

Steam Awards winners for 2018 revealed with few surprises

At the tail end of last year, during its annual Winter Sale, Steam had its users vote on the best games of 2018. There were eight different categories in all, each with a number of different games in the running. Today, Valve revealed the winners of each category, and if you regularly peruse Steam's top sellers lists, you probably aren't going to be surprised by the games that won.

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Metro Exodus shuns Steam: Here’s what happened

Metro Exodus shuns Steam: Here’s what happened

Deep Silver announced today that Metro Exodus will be making the jump from Steam to the Epic Games Store, becoming the latest in a growing list of games to be tempted into switching platforms by Epic's revenue sharing model. The Epic Games Store, for those who need a refresher, offers developers and publishers 88% of the revenue for each game sold, with Epic keeping 12% for itself. Steam, on the other hands, offers only 70% of sale revenue to developers and publishers, and though that share grows as a game sells more, it never exceeds or even meets the 88% that Epic offers.

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