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Valve Opens In House Steam Comment Moderation

Valve announced their plan to officially start moderating comments on individual game discussions on their popular gaming platform, Steam. Before today’s development, Valve was only moderating Steam’s screenshots, artwork, guides, user profiles, community groups, and user reviews.

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Live look at Valve taking down toxic comments

Valve Sick of Toxic Comments

The company made the statement via a Steam blog post which read: “In the past, we’ve been hesitant to get involved in the moderation of individual game discussions, as we didn’t want to step on the toes of game developers that want to have their own style of communication with players and their own set of guidelines for behavior. But over time, we’ve been hearing from more and more game developers that would actually prefer for us to take a more active role in discussion boards, at least to the extent of handling posts that are reported by other players.”

This does not mean Valve will be actively scanning forums and various comment threads for comments that break their terms of service and community guidelines. The company will rely on reports from users on the platform in order to ensure all of their rules are being followed. This is to make sure developers that joke around with their community and are rude on purpose don’t get taken down by an automated system. Valve will only target comments that have been reported.

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Actual picture of a Steam troll

All of this news follows a year of numerous changes to Steam’s policies on censorship, which have been met with backlash by users. Earlier in the year, Valve announced that everything and anything could go up on Steam as long as it wasn’t illegal or a blatant attempt to troll potential buyers. It will be interesting to see how long this new system performs considering the company’s nature of going back and forth on decisions, but Gigamax Games will be sure to keep every gamer updated on the latest changes and Steam updates!

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Firewatch Developer Campo Santo Acquired by Valve

Firewatch Developer Campo Santo Acquired by Valve

Valve purchased the indie studio Campo Santo, the critically acclaimed developer of the game Firewatch. This news comes from a blog post on Campo Santo’s website, where the studio said it would be continuing work on its current project, In the Valley of the Gods. However, now the small studio has all the power of Valve behind them.

“In Valve we found a group of folks who, to their core, feel the same way about the work that they do (this, you may be surprised to learn, doesn’t happen every day. In us, they found a group with unique experience and valuable, diverse perspectives. It quickly became an obvious match,” explained the blog post.

“We had a series of long conversations with the people at Valve and everyone shared the satisfaction we take in working with people whose talents dwarf our own to make things we never thought possible. Both sides spoke about our values and how, when you get right down to it, we, as human beings, are hard-limited by the time we have left when it comes to making the things we care about and believe in. They asked us if we’d all be interested in coming up to Bellevue and doing that there and we said yes.” https://bit.ly/2F70YDd

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All Eyes on Valve

This move caught the attention of many in the industry due to Valve having recently taken on a reduced presence in game development and production. Instead, the company has been focusing on refining Steam as a video game delivery platform and maintaining DoTA 2. Recently, they expressed interest in returning to game development and publishing, with Gabe Newell saying that his company will start shipping games again soon. The first new game to be released by the developer is the upcoming DoTA card game, Artifact, with more titles coming soon according to Newell.

There’s no telling what could come of their purchase of Campo Santo. Rumors have been circulating that Microsoft showed interest in purchasing Valve but their recent activity would suggest the Gabe Newell might have other plans.

Be sure to keep checking back on GigamaxGames.com for more of the latest gaming news. The crew will be keeping a close eye on Campo Santo and their upcoming project as well as any more breaking Valve news.

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3 Games We Want If Microsoft Buys Valve

3 Games We Want If Microsoft Buys Valve

Microsoft is struggling to keep up with their exclusive game list. The Xbox One was not a failure by any means but with a lackluster selection of exclusives, they are far from winning the console war. The easiest way to go about acquiring exclusives is by purchasing studios with a long list of hits under their belt. With rumors and reports of Microsoft in talks to purchase the long-beloved Valve, it could be the push Microsoft needs to make a larger impact on the gaming world. Imagine all the amazing games and opportunity that could become a reality if Microsoft buys Valve!

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The profits they could rake in from PC gaming alone could make this move worth the investment. However, the exclusives Microsoft could secure as well as the future games that could be created with all of Valves franchisees are enough to cause excitement.

Let’s take a look at the top 3 games we want to see if Microsoft buys Valve.

Half-Life 3

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A long-running joke throughout the video game industry, it would almost be unimaginable for gamers to finally get their hand on Half-Life 3. One of the most renowned franchises that was long thought to be a dead-end could have another chance at life. Since Valves purchase is still up in the air, Microsoft hasn’t made any comments about if they’re humoring the idea of making Half-Life 3 a reality. However out of all the Valve games the gaming community would love to see return, Half-Life 3 is at the top of the list.

Left 4 Dead 3

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There are few games that held gamers attention like Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2. Killing hordes of zombies with a bunch of friends on a mission is an absolutely addicting concept. In classic Valve fashion, after the second Left 4 Dead, they dropped the franchise to work on new projects. Gamers held on hope for a revisit to the Left 4 Dead series but Valve never fails when it comes to moving on after the second release of a beloved game.

Portal 3

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Now, this third spot was a toss-up between Portal 3 and Team Fortress 3. The reason Portal 3 was the winner is the simple fact that linear and incredible single-player experiences are relatively rare when compared to the recent trend of hero-based shooters. Portal was one of those games that continues to be brought up in conversations about modern gaming, renowned for its creativity and amazing story.

With no official word from Valve or Microsoft, these three titles will have to remain a blissful dream. However, the fact that word continues to circulate about a potential purchase and Microsoft struggling with their exclusives, a purchase could happen. There might be a brand new joke floating around the internet about Valve and their fear of counting to three if Microsoft decides to breathe new life into titles like Half-Life 3. Be sure to check back on GigamaxGames.com for any breaking news about Microsoft and Valve.

What game did we leave off this list that you want to see if Microsoft buys Valve? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, or in the comments below! 
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Who Really Owns Dota: Federal Court to Decide

Who Really Owns Dota: Federal Court to Decide

When Defense of the Ancients (Dota) was first released it was a mod for the popular RTS Warcraft III. Being a mod, it is hard to pinpoint exactly who was the most responsible for its inception as it was worked on by a ton of different people. The game also allowed for community feedback and at some point,became the center of a court case between Valve, who bought the rights from the original owner and Dota, court, gaming, valve, ucoolBlizzard, the creators of Defense of the Ancients. The case was eventually settled and Valve was deemed the owner. Blizzard was given permission to associate the name with its games but now after almost a decade, the case of who owns Dota is back in federal court.

Ars Technica Speaks Out

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In a report from Ars Technica, the case is centered around the recently released mobile games, Dota Legends and Heroes Charge. These games may be infringing on the original copyright. The first thing that needs to be decided is if the game is a collective work, which means a collection of work that’s assembled. Developer of Heroes Charge, Ucool, made the claim that it is a collective work. This argument was eventually thrown out by Judge Charles Breyer stating “By that logic, Star Wars: The Force Awakens would be a collective work because it arranged the most popular Star Wars heroes, settings, and one-liners into a new movie.”

The second argument revolves around Blizzard’s end user agreement which states that no one can use any of the games creation tools to make something for commercial gain. The third and final argument is about a forum post from Dota’s caretaker on September 23rd, 2004. The post stated “from this point forward, Dota is now open source. Whoever wishes to release a version of Dota may without my consent, I just ask for a nod in the credits to your map.” Judge Breyer believes that this could mean anyone could make a version of the game to sell, he says that the vagueness leaves it open to interpretation.

Letting The Courts Decided

The case will be moving onto jury soon as Breyer has denied Ucool summary judgement. This case will set a huge precedent for the gaming industry and if Valve wins, it will secure their ownership of the game. If Ucool wins, the market will be open up to a ton of Dota clones. No matter what the results are, Gigamax will have the report. Make sure to keep checking back with Gigamax Games for all the latest in gaming news and updates!

Sources:

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2017/05/does-valve-really-own-dota-a-jury-will-decide/

http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2017/05/21/federal-court-case-questions-dota-39-s-real-ownership.aspx

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