Valve changes developer terms to try to retain top games

(credit: Aurich Lawson) For years, game distribution platforms like Steam, GOG, Apple’s App Store, and major game consoles have generally taken a 30 percent cut of any revenue made from online game sales. Now, Valve is moving to change those terms to be more generous to Steam developers, but only for the absolute biggest games […]

What makes a “troll game”? Valve tries for a Steam-wide definition

Enlarge (credit: Getty / Aurich / Revived Games) Back in June, Valve issued expansive Steam guidelines that said games would only be removed from the platform for illegal or “outright trolling” content. At the time, we noted that the unclear definition of “trolling” left a lot of wiggle room for Valve to still define what […]

Valve explains ‘progress’ toward a new Steam Store content policy

It’s been a few months since Valve announced an “allow everything onto the Steam Store, except for things that we decide are illegal, or straight up trolling” content policy and it’s still working out the details. A new blog post provides some insight on how it plans to handle the store once sexual content is […]

Exclusive: Valve walks us through Artifact’s new demo, leaves us wanting more

Enlarge / Getting one’s Artifact on. (credit: Valve Software) Editor’s note: This feature’s two videos include transcripts, and many of their details appear in the article’s text and galleries. So however you want to learn about Valve’s latest video game, Ars has your back. BELLEVUE, Washington—Right as this article goes live, Valve Software is taking […]

Valve may offer tools to play Windows games on Steam Machines

Valve’s Steam Machine platform hasn’t really taken off, and it’s not just because of the hardware. When few developers are willing to release Linux-native versions of games to run on Steam OS, there just isn’t a lot to play. Thankfully, the company may have a way to bring more titles to the platform… sort of. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Apple has rejected iOS version of Steam Link app, Valve says

Enlarge / A screenshot from the beta version of the Steam Link app, which has been denied approval by Apple. (credit: Steam) Valve says Apple has denied approval for the iOS version of its Steam Link app—which allows users to stream PC games from a computer on the same home network—after Apple initially approved the […]

Valve switches on Steam Controller’s mobile connection in beta

Valve’s latest beta client activates the Steam Controller’s Bluetooth Low Energy function — a necessary feature if you want to use the gamepad to play on a mobile device in the near future. If you’ll recall, the company recently announced that Steam Link will be able beam games to the dedicated iOS and Android apps […]