Valve’s New Free-to-Play DOTA2 Business Model is Here

Valve’s New Free-to-Play DOTA2 Business Model is Here

When it comes to innovation and risk-taking, few developers match up to Valve. Known for its immense success with Half-Life, Portal, and Team Fortress 2, the Washington-based developer certainly isn’t afraid to tread new ground or take risks. With the upcoming sequel to DOTA, it’s doing just that, applying an experimental business model to a ..

DOTA 2 to be Free to Play

DOTA 2 to be Free to Play

The keenly anticipated sequel to DOTA – known to some as Defense of the Ancients – will be free-to-play, according to Valve boss Gabe Newell. The chief executive of the acclaimed game company stated that the game would use a ‘new’ free-to-play pricing model that hasn’t been used in any other free games, possibly to ..

Steam Collections: A Simple New Tool for Modders and Enthusiasts

Steam Collections: A Simple New Tool for Modders and Enthusiasts

Valve is well known for its love of the modding community, and a new Steam feature introduced in the last few days has cemented them as one of the gaming industry’s best developers for modders. A new Steam feature called ‘Steam Collections’ allows users to group together mods that they’d like to download, and add ..

Like Portal? Create Your Own Portal Puzzles

Like Portal? Create Your Own Portal Puzzles

When Half-Life 2 first came out, the game’s biggest online draw wasn’t its deathmatch multiplayer, but an unusual multiplayer physics mod known as Garry’s Mod. Designed to allow players to build their own environments, it was a major hit, selling out millions of copies when it eventually became widely available on Steam. For Portal players, ..

Valve: We’re Not Making a Console

Valve: We’re Not Making a Console

The last week has been packed with rumors about a new gaming console, supposedly being made by one of the most innovative and interesting companies in the industry: Valve. But the Half-Life, Steam, and Portal developer has consistently rebuffed the claims and distanced itself from most of the online conjecture, choosing not to answer questions ..

How Video Games Made Gabe Newell a Billionaire

How Video Games Made Gabe Newell a Billionaire

This month’s Forbes is out, and alongside the standard list of technology investors and corporate hotshots is someone that looks a little out of place: Gabe Newell. The founder of Valve, one of the world’s biggest game developers and online content providers, is now a billionaire thanks to smart investments in games like Portal and ..

Half-Life Mod Scene Still Very Much Alive

Half-Life Mod Scene Still Very Much Alive

There’s a new Half-Life mod on the block, and it’s designed to scare the life out of you while you explore its environments. Yes, you read that right – it’s a mod for the original Half-Life, and not its mega-popular sequel. Cry of Fear is a survival horror mod for the original Half-Life that’s been ..

Could We See a Valve Console?

Could We See a Valve Console?

In a recent interview with Penny Arcade, Valve founder and CEO Gabe Newell dropped a bomb on the gaming world by announcing that his company, up until now exclusively a software developer, was open to developing and manufacturing hardware if it suited the needs of its gamers. Newell let it slip that Valve would be ..

Steam Hacked: What You Need to Know

Steam Hacked: What You Need to Know

Last year, Valve’s Steam content delivery platform was hacked in a relatively low key performance, with hacker snatching a bunch of data that few people thought was significant. Now, it seems likely that the hackers made off with more data than many people originally thought they had, including a list of Steam users’ credit card ..

Steam Sales Increase 100% For 7 Years in a Row

Steam Sales Increase 100% For 7 Years in a Row

It looks like retail gaming may be going out of fashion quicker than we expected. Valve‘s digital delivery platform Steam has continued to grow during 2011, with a 100 percent increase in the amount of games sold on the platform. Thanks to huge sales and a massive increase in the amount of titles available, fewer ..