Just as one group is claiming to have brought down many of EA's servers, another is boasting of having taken down much of Valve's mighty Steam network.

A pair of Twitter users are claiming to be behind a series of DDoS attacks that, if they're the actual cause of disruption, have rendered Steam's marketplace and community services patchy (or indeed inaccessible) for much of the day.

I know, it sounds a little much, but the fact is that Steam's store and community features have been crippled for much of the evening (though there have been brief windows of availability).

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@LARCENY_ posted an image earlier of Low Orbit Ion Cannon, a DDoS tool, writing "What we are hitting with".

There's no mention of planned maintenance from Steam's Twitter page.

With a dash or irony, even the normally-useful "Is Steam Down" page was down for a while.

We've contacted Valve for comment, and will update if we hear back.