Valve Corporation Posts

Steam Controller no longer has a touchscreen and has physical buttons

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Valve has unveiled the Steam Controller. The Steam Controller will not have a touchscreen anymore. Valve is going to add physical buttons to the controller before selling it on the Steam website and retail stores later this year. The controller is expected to have a d-pad and the standard A/B/X/Y configuration. Valve created an API to help developers integrate the Steam Controller into their games, which could support up to 16 players at once.
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Steam got hit with a DDoS attack

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It is only the third day of the year and there has already been several high profile hacks, including Skype and Snapchat. Within the last 24 hours, Valve’s Steam gaming platform was hit with a DDoS attack. Above is what showed up when Steam users attempted to connect to the service. Twitter users @chFtheCat claims that he and @LARCENY_ were responsible for the DDoS attack as posted in this tweet.
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Valve Announces SteamOS

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Valve Corporation is a Bellevue, Washington based video game development company that was founded by former Microsoft employees Gabe Newell and Mike Harrington.  Valve became famous for the games Half-Life and Portal.  Valve’s software distribution platform Steam has been popular since it launched in 2004.  Now Valve is releasing an operating system called SteamOS.  This code will be available for manufacturers that want to set it up on their gaming hardware.
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Valve’s Piston Steam Box Will Bring PC Gaming To The Living Room

Valve is working on new hardware called the Piston Steam Box.  The Piston Steam Box will make it possible to play PC games in your living room.  Known for the Steam gaming platform, Valve has around 50 million users.  Valve has been rumored to be building a console of their own for a long time now.  Pulse2 wrote about the Steam Box rumor back in March 2012.  A few months ago, Valve launched software called Big Picture which made it possible for Windows based machines to use Xbox 360 controllers to navigate, shop, and play games.  Nvidia’s Project Shield can also use Big Picture mode when using an Nvidia-based system to play PC games in the living room through wireless video.

Piston Steam Box

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Is Valve Working On A Gaming Console Called Steam Box?

Bellevue, Washington based Valve Corporation is best known for their social distribution network known as Steam and for the Source engine used in game development. Recent rumors have been indicating that Valve is going to get into the hardware business. They are currently playing with the idea of setting up a set-top console that would compete directly against the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3.
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Online Game Platform Steam Surpasses 30 Million Accounts

American video game development company Valve Corporation has announced that their online gaming platform Steam has surpassed 30 million accounts. This is the platform’s 6th year in a row of over 100% growth in unit sales versus the previous year. This year they have seen almost 200% growth. Part of this year’s growth is because of the launch of Mac OS X support.
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Rumor: Google To Acquire Valve, Maker of Half-Life and Counter-Strike

Update: NO SALE – Valve says Google isn’t buying the company

The latest acquisition rumor is that Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) may acquire Valve Corporation.  Valve is best known for the games, Half-Life and Counter-Strike.  The rumor was started by “well placed sources” of The Inquirer.

Why would Google buy a gaming company?  Valve has a content distribution system called Steam.  Steam is a way to get download free and paid games to PCs and Macs.  Access to this 24/7 online store  saves consumers time from having to go to a store to buy them.  Steam has about 15 million users that have access to buy 440 games according to TechCrunch.

This deal is completely speculative.  Personally I don’t believe the acquisition will happen because I don’t see the synergy here.  But The Inquirer has it’s sources and at one point I wrote that I did not believe that Google would buy YouTube.  If the acquisition does happen, this blog post will be updated.