Half-Life 2 has my favorite moment in any game. It’s this:
Counter-Strike gambling sites may not be long for this world, as Valve has sent a letter demanding they change practices in the next 10 days or the company will “pursue all available remedies including without limitation terminating your accounts.”
Just a few days after Twitch announced it would be cracking down on folks streaming Counter-Strike gambling sites, one of the most popular streamers, PhantomL0rd, had their account closed by Twitch.
Twitch is following in Valve’s footsteps, and will shut down streamers using Counter-Strike gambling sites. Those sites may not be long for this world.
During last week’s big Counter-Strike gambling scandal (and really just in general, where gambling is concerned), Valve remained conspicuously silent. Now, though, they’ve said they’re gonna start telling gambling sites to cease operations entirely.
Last week, Valve launched Team Fortress 2's big competitive mode update and, with it, a new casual mode that took the place of classic quick play. So far, people... don’t exactly love it.
The past week has seen the world of online games rocked by a major gambling scandal. Two YouTubers with millions of subscribers, Trevor ‘TmarTn’ Martin and Tom ‘ProSyndicate’ Cassell, were revealed to be owners of a site they repeatedly promoted sans overt disclosure. The potential ramifications are not pretty.
The PalmDesert dynasty is, at least for now, over. As of today, a new guy has the world’s highest Steam level, and he managed it almost over night. His handle? St4ck. As for how he did it, well, it’s quite a story.
YouTuber Trevor ‘TmarTn’ Martin has issued an “apology” over the CSGO Lotto scandal. In it, he claims his connection to the site was always a matter of public record and says he’s sorry that some people “felt like that was not made clear enough.” Check out my now updated story on the scandal for more.
Team Fortress 2's last big update came in December, but now, finally, Valve is about to shake things up again. Much like TF2's biggest inspiration, Blizzard’s Overwatch, Valve’s undying team shooter is adding a competitive mode.
Over the holiday weekend, a whole load of dirt got thrown into the already murky waters of the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive gambling scene. Popular YouTubers Trevor ‘TmarTn’ Martin and Tom ‘ProSyndicate’ Cassell were revealed to be key staff of a skin gambling site they’ve promoted (sans overt disclosure of that…
For a little while, every major Steam Sale came with a meta game attached. Over the years, they grew more elaborate, culminating in last year’s Steam Summer Sale Monster Game. But then Steam Sales changed. Now there’s no meta game to be found.
In Counter-Strike, players can earn, trade, and sell cosmetic flourishes for their weapons. Over time, this has given rise to a thriving unofficial gambling scene. Players bet skins with real world value on CSGO eSports matches. For some, it’s a means of making an awful lot of money. It can also be awfully sketchy,…
The Steam Summer Sale is in full swing, which means deals out the proverbial wazoo. Here are some things to keep in mind if you want to come away with plenty of games and a not entirely empty wallet.
We’ve got a twofer for you in the Unexpected Happenings department today: 1) You can’t buy Counter-Strike: Global Offensive as a gift during the Steam Summer Sale, and 2) Valve actually explained their actions. Quickly!
If you’ve got a piggy bank, kiss it goodbye. If you don’t, I guess stare deeply and lovingly into the imagined eyes of the Apple wallet icon on your phone or something. It’s summer, which means It Is Time: the Steam Summer Sale is here.
These days, it’s not all that uncommon to run into somebody who’s streaming and commentating while you’re playing a multiplayer game. If they’re not A Tool Of The Actual Devil, they might mute their mic. But in a team-based game you can’t always afford to do that.
Valve? More like VRlve. Hm, that doesn’t really work.
The Steam Controller continues to be a thing that is not super comfortable for a lot of people, but that hits just the right spot for customization junkies. Valve’s regularly updated it since launch, and now it’s gotten one of its most ambitious updates yet.
Valve just dropped a big Counter-Strike update with some good stuff (snazzy new knife finishes, an extension to Operation Wildfire), some experiments (CSGO Prime accounts now require lieutenant rank 21 in addition to a phone number), and some questionable decisions.