Steam Summer Sale Date Leaked: Starts on 25th June

Its summer time, E3 is over and things seemed to have calmed down for a bit after all the hype excitement of E3. But, that’s about to change thanks to Steam and their famous Summer Sale.

While not officially announced yet, the SteamDB twitter has pointed out that the date has been leaked thanks to it being pointed out by SteamCN, the Chinese Steam community page. This leak states that it starts on June 25th, 10AM PST which is 5PM GMT/ 10:30PM IST.

The Steam Summer Sale is going to last two full weeks according to the leak and we can expect Summer Sale specific trading cards, XP and mini-games to make a return.

Thanks to Epic Games coming in with their Epic Mega Sale as well as snatching up devs to publish their games exclusively to their storefront, we can maybe hope and expect that Steam will try to outdo their sale and maybe even have some crazy deals.

Steam Summer Sale used to be a crazy time back when it first began with amazing flash sales and great discounts on some much sought after games but the past couple of years, people have been a bit disappointed by the Steam Summer Sale. Maybe this year, Steam will make a comeback and have those crazy amazing sales that they were known.

So, prepare your wallets, your bank accounts, your bitcoins and your body for the Steam Summer Sale which may or may not make you broke, unless you already are.

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Valve Reveals Index VR Headset, Starts Shipping From June

Valve seems to be doubling down on VR, revealing the Index VR headset on its Steam Store. The page doesn’t really give a lot of information about the features, but it does list a release date, 15th June.

The Steam page also spells out the required system specs, with a GTX 970 or an RX 480 as the minimum GPU requirement and a GTX 1070 as recommended. The supported inputs for the Index VR are mentioned as well, which include both DisplayPort 1.2 and USB 3.0.

Interestingly, the page says that base stations are required and doesn’t list it as included, so it’s possible that you may need to purchase those separately. Additionally, the knuckle controllers are now being called the Valve Index Controllers and will be available with the device from 15th June. The announcement and pre-orders for the product are supposed to go live on 1st May.

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Is Epic Games’ Founder Tim Sweeney an Anti-Consumer Hypocrite?

Epic Games has been under a lot of fire because of the Metro exclusivity deal and while people on the internet believe it was a wrong move, Epic Games’ Founder Tim Sweeney thinks that’s not the case.


From the above tweet, it seems that Sweeney thinks it is okay to compete for developers and throw money at them to stop them from selling their game elsewhere. He also says that Valve lost the competition when in reality Valve never even knew there was one in terms of securing exclusive publishing rights for a game that was advertised to launch on their platform.

If you paid attention to the Metro Exodus debacle, you will be familiar with the fact that the devs, 4A Games had no say in the exclusivity deal and it was the publisher who made that deal. That is the complete opposite of what he’s saying in the tweet below in which he talks about how “devs should be free to use stores of their choosing”. He makes it very clear that he’s criticizing “curtailing users” and not exclusives when in reality the exclusivity deal has curtailed users to forcefully use his platform to buy the game.

All this twitter backlash came after Twitter user @TheDarkLordTAKu tweeted a PCGamer interview article from 2016 in which Sweeney bashed Microsoft for their Universal Windows Platform Initiative by saying they are working to turn today’s open PC ecosystem into a closed, Microsoft-controlled distribution and commerce monopoly“.

He even goes on to say [The Windows Store is] curtailing users’ freedom to install full-featured PC software, and subverting the rights of developers and publishers to maintain a direct relationship with their customers.

2017 PCGamer Interview

That’s not the end though. In 2017 Sweeney had the following to say in an interview with PCGamer:


“The thing that I feel is incredibly important for the future of the industry is that the PC platform remains open, so that any user without any friction can install applications from any developer, and ensure that no company, Microsoft or anybody else, can insert themselves by force as the universal middleman, and force developers to sell through them instead of selling directly to customers.

Epic Games is paying developers to exclusively sell their games on their store and acting as the middleman so he has literally gone against everything he said. And this isn’t something he said a decade ago when things were different, this was just 2 years ago.

Instead of competing for customers, Sweeney and Epic Games think they should compete for developers instead. He preached about how the PC platform should remain an open one yet his store is the one that caused a whole debacle because of how it is the opposite of that.

Take what you want out of this but to me, it feels like he’s an anti-consumer hypocrite who thinks he’s doing the PC world a favour by competing against Steam and buying out devs.

If you’d like to read the full interviews or want a full thread on more of his antics, check the links below.

PCGamer 2016 Interview

PCGamer 2017 Interview

Tim Sweeney Reddit Thread

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Steam’s New UI Teased?

Steam, one of the biggest online videogame storefront is a bit stale in terms of the way it looks and although we know there’s a new UI in the works, we might have finally gotten a tease at what it will look like.

In 2018, Steam got a big update that reworked a lot of the UI. The storefront got a facelift and the entire chat system was revamped and while the client itself looks a bit better, certain parts like the Library page still look dated, especially when compared to the current overall aesthetic and Steam themes like Metro in the past.

Teased UI

At the start of 2019, Valve released a blog post which talked about a reworked Steam Library that is built on top of the same technology as the new Steam Chat. Other than that, not much was known besides the fact that Valve plan’s to implement it sometime in 2019 but knowing Valve, we weren’t sure if it would actually happen.

However, the Steam About page just got a refresh and with that comes a small gif that seems to showcase what could very well be the aesthetic for the updated Steam Library. While clearly not the most detailed look, people have attempted to recreate what the final version will look like.

Reddit user /u/Aveniir recreated what the final design will look like and it honestly seems very good. It’s clean, has a similar colour scheme and has a layout that is very similar to the current one.

With all these new launchers and storefronts, Valve might go behind in terms of the UI but I hope this update isn’t too far away because it would be a much-needed facelift and I’m sure will come with other Quality-of-life improvements and features.

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Ubisoft says ‘No Regrets’ on Ditching Steam

Ubisoft ditching Steam for Divison II was a massive win for Epic Games Store.

The company told investors that the move to ditch Valve was a good one and that Ubisoft has ‘no regrets’ after making Division II ‘Epic Games Store’ exclusive.
Division II has witnessed a lot more momentum than its predecessor. Sales have increased massively when compared to the former ‘Division’ game.

According to Ubisoft, the deal with Epic serves two purposes at once. The deal makes more people turn to Ubisoft’s own store, UPlay. Numbers tell us that pre-order via Uplay have increased by 6 times.
Also, as an added advantage, Epic offers better terms. Steam charges an ‘average’ commission of about 30 per cent (even after variable commission kicking in), whereas Epic charges a mere 12 per cent with no revenue commission if the game is based on ‘Unreal Engine.’

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Axiom Verge Now Free On Epic Games Store

Axiom Verge is now available for free on the Epic Games Store for a week. However, there have been reports of a couple of issues regarding it.

Multiple users have reported that they are unable to redeem the game because the game does not show up as free during checkout but that issue seems to be fixed since then as there was an issue with the game becoming free on all regions.

Another issue that was reported was that the game kept crashing when loading into a new area. After a bit of by poking around by Scott LaGrasta, it turns out the game was missing a sound effect by the name of “steam”. The log file also showed that the game crashed because it was missing “Steam.xnb

This was confirmed by Tom Happ, the man behind Axiom Verge who removed all of Valve’s DLLs by removing all the files with the name “Steam” in them. It’s been fixed with an update and all is good now but this brought to attention something.

The lack of a support forum meant users were seeking help on the Steam Forum for the game. But thanks to folks using Twitter and Steam, this issue was brought to the attention of the developer but this just shows how far behind the Epic Games Store is in terms of quality of life features.

The game is now fixed and totally playable. It’s a Metroidvania game that has a great soundtrack and good gameplay and is absolutely worth checking out. Click here to go to the store page to claim the game for your account.

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Steam Lunar New Year 2019 Sale is Live!

The Steam Lunar New Year Sale is back this year but with a new twist that includes tokens. These tokens can be used for various items including discounts on games and more.

Steam will give you a bunch of tokens based on past expenditure, in my case, it was 4,000 tokens. These tokens can then be used to buy Steam Chat emotes, Steam Profile backgrounds and Steam Profile Badges.

The first game that you purchase above Rs 700 ($30) will also get an additional discount of Rs 120($5). You can also gain additional discount coupons by cashing in your tokens. You’ll require 15,000 tokens to get an additional coupon. You receive 430 tokens per Rs 100 you spend and 472 tokens per Rs 100 for gifts.

All the items that you receive during the Lunar Sale cannot be traded or sold on the marketplace and the tokens will expire after the sale ends on 12th February 2019 @ 11:30PM IST.

There’s a lot of great games on sale including The Witcher 3 GOTY for Rs 299, Rainbow Six Siege Standard Edition for Rs 500, The Division for Rs 249 and Hitman 2 for Rs 849. The sales this time are pretty decent so make sure to add the games you want to buy to your wishlist to get notified when they go on sale.

And for the first time, the results for the annual Steam Awards will be broadcast live on https://store.steampowered.com/news/ on February 8th 11:30 IST and will also include messages from the winners.

Don’t forget to use your tokens before 12th Feb though because even if you don’t get a discount you can get a decent badge and background for free by using the tokens. Something is better than nothing in this case, especially if you don’t plan on buying any games this time around.

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Epic Games Store to Get Optional Review System

Epic Games Store will finally get a review system but with a catch. It is going to be optional and developers will get to choose whether to opt in or not.

After Epic Games was called out for being anti-consumer they seem to be listening to the criticism and feedback they’ve been getting. They’re adding a Review System that’s based on the one from the Unreal Engine marketplace.

They’ve made it optional by giving the developers the choice to opt-in if they choose to but is it really a good move? Tim Sweeney’s reasoning is that they don’t want review bombing and to prevent gaming-the-system. I mean if the game is bad or the developers do something to screw over the owners of a game, they can just muzzle the back lash by disabling Reviews.

Most of the time review bombs occur because either the developers or publisher do something to screw over the owners of the game. The Metro games are getting review bombed on Steam right now because of the sudden exclusivity deal that publisher Deep Silver struck with Epic Games.

Epic Games are getting bashed constantly now for being anti-consumer, more-so for being against the principle element of PC Gaming which is the ability to choose. Poaching developers to make games exclusively available on their lack-lustre store has more than just irked the community.

Steam’s review system helps fix the issue with review bombings by showing a recent review aggregate and also an overall one. Plus, you need to own the product to leave a review and there’s an option to mark the fact that you received the product you’re reviewing for free.

It’s not easy to make a new and robust review system but this attempt at having one just to tick the box isn’t what the people want from this platform. There’s a lot of angry folks screaming at Epic right now which makes it hard to read actual feedback and constructive criticism but good luck to Epic because even if they provide the developers with a better deal, if the people using the platform aren’t happy, they wont use it.

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Was the Metro Exodus and Epic Games Store Deal Pre-Planned by Deep Silver?

After the news of Metro Exodus being an Epic Games Store exclusive for a year hit the internet, there was backlash from people and that backlash might seem to be growing even bigger.

After the exclusivity deal between Metro Exodus and Epic Games was published, the folks who pre-ordered the game on Steam and those who bought the physical copies of the game were worried since they were also going to a receive a Steam code.

Those who pre-ordered on Steam were told that their product would still work on Steam and nothing would change for them. Physical Copies were also going to follow the same thing until we saw this tweet thanks to Reddit user /u/Nicolas873.

This is where this whole deal gets shady. Physical Copies of a game ship with the code already printed in them. And these copies are made in advance, usually when they go Gold. The game went Gold in December and when they go Gold, they’re packaged and prepared for release

Taken From the Rifle Class Youtube video that released on 23rd January.

With only 2 weeks until the release of the game, this means that the codes printed on these copies were already an Epic Store key and not a Steam key. Chances are high that the physical copy will have the Epic Games Store installer on it with no mention of Steam, thus making it evident that this deal was made well in advance of the announcement.

The publishers, Deep Silver, already had the deal in place because recalling so many units and then changing the code on them would be quite tedious and not cost-efficient. So even though they knew about the deal, they decided to wait until the last minute to make it public.

Taken on the Collector’s Edition Page of the game on 30th January.

But why wait until the last moment to do so? It’s pretty simple. Steam is still the biggest market out there and Metro Exodus has been featured on the Store Page which is free marketing for the game. So while the game units were packaged with Epic Store codes in them, they were still being advertised as being on Steam everywhere else. And, still is being advertised as such on the game’s website.

This whole deal seems really fishy and doesn’t make the Epic Games Store look good at all. Not to mention, the folks at Steam will surely not be happy with this and might take Deep Silver and/or Epic to court over this. Especially since they marketed the game as being on Steam.

As we get more information, we’ll update this post but until then, having a conversation about this deal and the way Epic seem to be taking on Steam would really help us consumers as this exclusivity of games on PC will just keep getting worse. Especially if it is exclusive to a platform that doesn’t benefit the consumer.

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Metro Exodus Devs Were not Aware of the Exclusivity Deal

The sudden news of Metro Exodus being an Epic Games Store exclusive was also a surprise to THQ Nordic as they tweeted out explaining the situation.

About 24 hours ago, a notice popped up on the steam page of Metro Exodus which stated that the game would be removed from the Steam Store within 24 hours as the publisher decided to make the game exclusive to another store. The good news though was that folks who pre-ordered it will still have the games in their library and will be able to play it on Steam.

THQ Nordic were also taken by surprise and decided to let their thoughts be known about the situation and how they had no part in this deal. The game has also been taken off the Windows Store.

Epic Games Store aims to take on Steam and are doing so by offering developers a better cut and by giving users free games that are good. However, I feel that by making a game exclusive to their store isn’t really a good move because you’re forced to use their platform then instead of having a choice to choose from.

GOG has DRM free games, Steam has good sales and a pre-existing community so why am I being forced to use a platform that I might not want to use. Not to mention, Steam has regional pricing in Rupees and accepts domestic ways to make purchases which makes it easier for Indian gamers to buy games. Plus, as THQ Nordic have put it themselves, they want their games to available on as many platforms as possible and this certainly isn’t helping with that.

So instead of making games exclusive and forcing me to play on your platform, why not make a platform that actually makes me want to buy games from there? Not to mention, Steam’s review system has gotten a lot better over time while Epic Games doesn’t even have one. This might just help soften the blow if the reviews aren’t good.

Metro Exodus will be available on other stores after a year when the timed exclusivity runs out. For now, it’s available only on the Epic Games Store for $19.99 in India. What are your thoughts about this? Let us know in the comments below.


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