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Counter Strike Global Offensive Takes On Gambling & Dust Remake In New Interview

Posted on February 14, 2017 by Rae Michelle Richards

Counter Strike Global Offensive

Valve News Network got the chance to sit down with members of the Counter Strike Global Offensive development team during their recent trip to Valve’s offices.  During the over 20 minute interview VNN got the chance to talk to dev team members about their opinion on the gambling economy that have sprung up around tournaments and skin. Also brought up is the remake of the map Dust which Valve briefly teased.

The interviewer brought up Valve’s role in providing third parties such as gambling sites with access to Steam’s login platform through Open ID. As members of the development team point out, Valve really doesn’t have an opinion on the use of their login system for such sites as user inventories are publicly available through Steam Profiles without the use of an Open ID sign in. This means that even if Valve were to revoke a site’s access to the platform that would not stop them from facilitating trades between users or gathering inventory information from publicly available pages.

Want to know more about what the CS: Go team has been working on including a remake of the classic map Dust? Watch the video in the embedded player below to find out. Counter Strike GO gambling and skin trading has been at the forefront of e-sports coverage, especially after well-known streamers like TMartin & others were implicated over the whole CSGoLotto scandal and the Washington Gambling Commission seeking an end to CS:GO gambling through legislative means.


HTC Vive Will Officially Launch In April 2016

Posted on December 8, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

The HTC Vive – a new virtual reality headset spearheaded by hardware manufacturer HTC and software behemoth Valve won’t see a limited release this year as expected. Instead of getting a “limited number” of headsets into the hands of consumers this winter HTC will launch the commercial version of the headset next April the company announced via their Facebook page today.

Over 7000 additional development kits for the HTC Vive are expected to be in the hands of developers by the beginning of next year.

Will this additional time give HTC & Valve enough breathing room to best the folks at Oculus? Expect to hear a lot more about VR as the commercial release of both products inches ever closer. It might not seem like it now but it’s starting to feel like Virtual Reality is going to make a huge wave in 2016 – here’s hoping you can see it coming.

Part of the statement HTC issued is as follows:

“In collaboration with Valve, we have been distributing the HTC Vive Developer Kits to developers and content creators, and are continuing to work with many other innovative companies to create content that spans gaming, entertainment, medical, education and retail.”

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Surprising No One Fallout 4 Is Still The 2nd Most Played Game On Steam

Posted on November 18, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

Bethesda’s Fallout 4 is the 2nd most played game on Steam a week after its release with 256,000+ players. This comes after the game broke existing records when it launched last week with 360,000 players – the game went live at midnight on November 11th. Previously RockStar Game’s Grand Theft Auto V held the record for concurrent players with 301,000+ when it was released on PC this past April.

Fallout 4’s numbers are nowhere near the reigning champion, Valve’s DOTA 2, which had 318,000 concurrent players as of press time and a peak today of nearly a million players today! Comparing Fallout 4’s numbers to DOTA 2’s isn’t exactly fair since one game is a single player immersive RPG and the other is a 5 Vs. 5 MOBA.

Rounding out the top ten include PC staples like Valve’s own Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Team Fortress 2. Surprisingly Activision’s latest entry in the Call of Duty franchise, Black Ops III is the last place on the top ten. I would have thought Black Ops III would have been a bit higher but I guess you can’t deny the power of the wastelands.

318,155 806,386   Dota 2
256,633 292,202   Fallout 4
250,258 586,014   Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
40,526 54,472   Team Fortress 2
37,893 58,566   Football Manager 2016
30,565 39,535   ARK: Survival Evolved
27,964 33,635   Sid Meier’s Civilization V
22,566 26,840   Garry’s Mod
21,037 26,366   The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
19,739 35,395   Call of Duty: Black Ops III



Original Half Life Now Available For OSX and Linux

Posted on January 28, 2013 by Rae Michelle Richards

Gordon Freeman might spend a lot of time in suspended animation between the two Half Life games, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t busy killing aliens on brand new platforms. According to Cult of Mac, Valve Software has ported 1998’s Half Life to both Mac OS X and Linux. While these platforms are not confirmed on the game’s official steam page, second hand confirmation has also comes from Joystiq.

Buying the game on one platform should allow you to play it on any of the above operating systems. If you don’t just want Gordon Freeman’s original adventure, which is available for $9.99, you can also pick up the Half Life Anthology for $14.99 which includes Half Life and the Blue Shift and Opposing Forces expansions.


Quake Con 2012 Panel Schedule Released

Posted on July 24, 2012 by Daniel Shannon

Bethesda has just released the full list of panels and panelists that will be at Quakecon 2012. I’ll be there as well and will have an opportunity to interview some of these people and ask questions at the panels. If you have any questions you’d like asked, then post a comment here or email me at danielshannon@brokenjoysticks.net with the subject QuakeCon 2012.

The full schedule is posted below.Read More


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