Posts Tagged ‘Steam’

77,000 Steam Accounts Hijacked Each Month For Items

Big wheel keep on turning, Proud Mary keep on burning

Valve recently introduced ‘trade hold’ waiting periods for people swapping virtual guns and hats trading cards and whatnot on Steam, intended both as a roadblock for people hijacking accounts to steal items and simply to get folks using the Steam Authenticator – which can bypass the waiting period. Responses were not wholly enthusiastic, so Valve have now tweaked the system a little and also explained more of the reasoning behind their decision. This includes the staggering statement: “We see around 77,000 accounts hijacked and pillaged each month.” Dang!

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Hatsaver: Steam Stymying Hijackers With Trade Holds

Scammers! They’re everywhere nowadays. Cheats! Hackers! Frauds! Phoneys! These rogues and more want your precious wizard hats and shark guns, to plunder your Steam account of its cosmetic goodies and steal them away for their own nefarious ends. CS: GO guns and Dota 2 wizard hats can be worth a lot of money, you know. Valve are sick of folks doing this, and probably sick of the headaches it creates for their support department. To reduce this, they’re soon adding trade holds that’ll hold things up by a few days – unless both parties are using the Steam app‘s Mobile Authenticator.

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The Steam Autumn Sale Has Started

WHALE SHARKS!

Hi, Steam’s autumn sale is now on. Okay, bye. Huh? Oh, yes, the ‘fall’ sale if you want. Whatever. Look, is it cool if I- oh, yes, yes.

This Steam sale is remarkably restrained. While over the years, Valve have filled sales with daily deals, flash deals, minigames, badges, gems, votes, ARGs, and whatnot, this simply has a squillion things on sale. No fuss, no hurrying, just discounts running until December 1st. They call it the Exploration Sale so you’ll need to go digging, which I imagine is to show off Steam’s newer game-finding tools.

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All Klei Games Free To Play On Steam This Weekend

If you haven’t been paying attention to Klei Entertainment’s creations for the past few years, you’re missing out on some of the best games in the world. This year’s Invisible, Inc. [official site], recently expanded in fine style, might be the best turn-based game I’ve discovered since I joined the Chess Club all those years ago, and Mark of the Ninja is a completely different but almost equally brilliant rewrite of the stealth genre. All of the studio’s games are free to play on Steam this weekend, starting right now, with discounts should you wish to buy them after having a taste.

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Steam’s GTA V Sale Ad “Misleading” Says UK Authority

The Advertising Standards Agency in the UK has upheld a complaint against the Valve Corporation over a misleading Grand Theft Auto V [official site] ad during the Steam Summer Sale.

The kerfuffle is over advertising that suggested GTA V had been discounted by 25% (from £51.98 to £38.98) when in fact it was a bundle featuring GTA V which had been discounted.

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For Some Reason Steam Now Sells Dev Tutorial Videos

I imagine this is both part of Steam’s gradual drive to become an all-things-digital storefront and reflective of the fact that it’s happy to take 30% of any game anyone wants to sell via it, thus encouraging more people to make games is in its interest, but it’s definitely an odd one.

The latest addition to its digital racks are software tutorial videos; you can pay for instruction in the likes of Blender, zBrush or 3D Studio Max. Conceptually not a terrible idea, but fairly expensive given guides can be found for free and your YouTubes and what not.

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