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1:00 PM on 07.08.2014

The Dota 2 International 2014 wildcard round is underway

The day has finally arrived! The biggest Dota 2 tournament of the year is about to officially begin! Today, four wildcard teams will battle it out for one remaining position in the tournament and their shot at a pri...

Patrick Hancock

9:00 PM on 07.04.2014

There will be a newbie-friendly stream for Dota 2's International tournament

The 2014 website for The International Dota 2 Championships is now live, and with it comes some great new information. The best of which is that there will be a specific stream for players brand new to the esport. This s...

Patrick Hancock

3:30 PM on 07.02.2014

Counter-Strike: GO's Operation Breakout breaks out new maps for everyone

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players just got a few new playgrounds to get offensive on, courtesy of the players themselves. As part of CS:GO's Operation Breakout initiative, six user-created maps have been promoted...

Brett Makedonski

6:35 AM on 06.27.2014

Dota 2 International prize pool now at $10 million

The Dota 2 prize pool for the upcoming International 2014 tournament is now at $10 million dollars. With zeroes that looks like this: $10,000,000. All of the newly added stretch goals have been reached, the most recent ...

Patrick Hancock

4:15 PM on 06.25.2014

Watch Dogs is better with Team Fortress 2 characters

STBlackST did a terrific job with this Team Fortress 2 short, Hat_Dogs. It's a riff on Watch Dogs' "hack everything" mentality using characters we actually like. Impressive, and -- with the inclusion of that bread line -- timely.

Jordan Devore

5:15 PM on 06.19.2014

Team Fortress 2's Love & War update detailed, let's talk about it

I'll assume everyone has already seen the Team Fortress 2 animated short that Valve put out yesterday and have been very excited to jump back into TF2. Today, the Love & War update has been more detailed, with new weapons and GIGANTIC balance changes. Let's chat about them, shall we?

Patrick Hancock







Valve has gotten really good at making short films photo
Valve has gotten really good at making short films
by Jordan Devore

As part of the next major Team Fortress 2 update, Love and War, Valve has released a new short film called Expiration Date that's nearly 15 minutes long. And it's good! Real good.

The update will add new taunts to the game, including "Conga!" and "Skull Cracker," but that's only the beginning. In typical Valve fashion, we'll hear more about what's included on a daily basis leading up to update's release. For now, look sharp -- there's bound to be hints at what's in store throughout the short film. (Also, find a making-of video over here.)

I'm hopeful the Demoman's festive attire will be a part of this. I must wear it.

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7:00 AM on 06.06.2014

Valve updates Steam Early Access FAQ with warning that some games won't be released

When you purchase a game from Steam Early Access, there's always a risk you take that the game you put down that hard-earned money on may not actually release in full. Sure, that doesn't always happen, but often enough that V...

Brittany Vincent

2:45 PM on 06.04.2014

Oculus hires former Valve business director

Jason Holtman headlines a recent list of Oculus hires post Facebook aquisition. Holtman will head the, "business development and partnership side of the Oculus platform working closely with Marshall, head of platform enginee...

Steven Hansen

9:00 PM on 06.03.2014

So that's what Valve's virtual-reality headset looks like

Valve has been working in the virtual-reality space with a prototype head-mounted display of its own, and by most accounts, the device provides an experience unlike any other VR demo. The company brought another iteration of ...

Jordan Devore

5:30 PM on 05.29.2014

Bro the best that you can bro with Broforce Steam Early Access update

If you've been bro-ing out with Broforce, Free Lives' patriot simulator, you might have noticed it's received a beefy update on Steam Early Access. We've got two additional bros on tap, along with a new mechanized enemy unit ...

Brittany Vincent

3:00 AM on 05.28.2014

Super Source Bros. Melee

What if Valve made their own Super Smash Bros. game, but with characters from Dota 2, Half-Life, Portal, Counter-Strike, and Left 4 Dead? What if?!

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Valve's Steam Machine program and controller pushed back into 2015 photo
Valve's Steam Machine program and controller pushed back into 2015
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Valve's Eric Hope took to the Steam forums today and announced that they're delaying the release of the Steam Machine program and the Steam controller into 2015.

"We’re now using wireless prototype controllers to conduct live playtests, with everyone from industry professionals to die-hard gamers to casual gamers. It's generating a ton of useful feedback, and it means we'll be able to make the controller a lot better. Of course, it's also keeping us pretty busy making all those improvements. Realistically, we're now looking at a release window of 2015, not 2014."

Hope noted that they're eager to get Steam Machines out there, but their number one priority is making sure they create the "best gaming experience possible."

How this will exactly impact the release of the SteamOS or all of the Steam Machines various PC makers are working on is unclear at this time. 

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5:30 PM on 05.23.2014

Meet the cast of Left 4 Dead's Japanese arcade version

Left 4 Dead: Survivors is shambling to test locations in Tokyo today, courtesy of Taito. The Japanese arcade release sports a number of subtle changes to the classic zombie-shooting formula, including a strange new controller...

Kyle MacGregor

4:00 PM on 05.21.2014

Steam In-Home Streaming is open for everyone

After a lengthy beta period, Steam's In-Home Streaming is now available for all users of Valve's digital platform. In case you've not being paying attention, the home streaming program allows you to stream a game from your de...

Alasdair Duncan

11:00 PM on 05.20.2014

The International 4 prizepool passes $6M, new stretch goals added

The Dota 2 community, along with most MOBAs, gets a bad rap for being mean jerks. While yes, there are plenty of mean jerks out there, it's moments like these that prove that we can really band together to...spend money....

Patrick Hancock