Valve leaks Steam game player counts; we have the numbers

Enlarge A recently discovered hole in Valve’s API allowed observers to generate extremely precise and publicly accessible data for the total number of players for thousands of Steam games. While Valve has now closed this inadvertent data leak, Ars can still provide the data it revealed as a historical record of the aggregate popularity of […]

‘PUBG’ celebrates 50 million sales with first Steam discount

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is now enjoying its first Steam sale since launch. According to a recent Steam update, the price reduction — a 33% discount which brings the price of admission down to $ 19.99 — honors an important milestone: 50 million global sales. PUBG originally came out as an early access title in 2017, and […]

Valve removes game purchases from Steam Link’s iOS beta

Apple and Valve have been at an impasse for weeks over the release of Steam Link for iOS, but it looks like they might be closer to an arrangement… if not necessarily the one you’d hope for. TouchArcade has discovered that the latest beta test for Steam Link’s iOS edition removes purchasing from within the […]

Realm Royale patch notes: Steam update live as fans wait on PS4 and Xbox One news

Having posted some great player stats since its launch, Realm Royale recently saw its second Steam update. The official Realm Royale patch notes from Hi-Rez confirms all the big tweaks that have been made on the PC platform. This includes some big gameplay shifts for weapons, as well as the usual changes at the early […]

Steam finally adds voice chat and flexible friend lists in new beta

Steam’s chat hasn’t been updated in ages, leaving its embedded communication functionality to lag behind competitors. Today, the platform introduced new features that users can access today in a beta program, which adds sorely-needed options like voice and group chat. The new features basically mirror a lot of Discord’s functionality in a blatant attempt to […]

The world’s largest gaming service, Steam, is giving up on regulation and turning over 200 million users into guinea pigs

Revived Games / Acid With over 200 million active users, Valve’s Steam service is the world’s largest digital game platform. A controversial game on Steam had players playing the role of a school shooter, which sparked outrage after images of the game went viral. The game was removed from Steam by Valve. As a result, […]

Valve’s confusing Steam policy is about Flappy Bird, not bigotry

OPINION: A fact I think about a lot is that the human brain runs on about 20 watts of power. That’s a tiny number for such a capable computational processor, but your brain makes due with that supply through the use of tricks and shortcuts. An example of this is that it will make predictions […]

Steam updates game-content guidelines, will include “something that you hate”

(credit: Valve Software) Steam, the long-running PC games marketplace operated by Valve Software, has consistently run into issues with approved and restricted content, and arguments about those guidelines have heated up in recent weeks. After Valve removed various “ero” games and then approved the sexualized, violence-against-women simulator Agony, users began asking what was up with Steam’s content […]

Giant acidic steam clouds rise from ocean after lava spill in Hawaii (VIDEO)

Incredible footage shows colossal steam clouds rising from the ocean in Hawaii after lava flows from the Kilauea volcano entered the sea at Kapoho Bay. Lava inundated the bay near Hawaii Island’s eastern tip on Monday night, causing giant plumes of acidic fumes, known as ‘laze,’ to billow from the ocean. Mesmerizing video captured by […]