Valve enforces regional lock on its entire catalogue in Russia
As reported in the NeoGaf forums, Valve have activated a regional lock on all of Steam‘s catalog for the territory of Russia and the CIS. This comes as no surprise considering the extremely low game prices in Russia (in general) and the shitstorm Russian economy is facing after its currency drastically declined in value over the last week. What the regional lock essentially means is that if you buy a game on Steam – while being in Russia or any of the CIS countries – you won’t be able to offer it via a Steam Gift to your buddies who are not located in Russia or any CIS country.
Valve’s acting works a protective measure to save Steam owner’s business in the Russian territory and reinforces efforts in the fight against video game piracy. Buying “unlocked” games on Steam and selling them on auction portals as Steam Gifts has been a real plague in central and western Europe. With Valve’s latest move, pirates have just been thrown a large wooden log at. At XP4T.com we sincerely hope that it breaks their legs!
Hatred pulled of Steam Greenlight, reinstated; Devs apologized to by Gabe himself
Guys at Destructive Creations have been taken to a wild rollercoaster ride this week. Frist, their much controversial game Hatred got pulled from Steam Greenlight by Valve who didn’t find it appropriate and commented on the situation with the following statement:
Based on what we’ve seen on Greenlight we would not publish Hatred on Steam. As such we’ll be taking it down.
This decision split the gaming universe into two opposite camps and sparked some fierce discussions in the Steam forums (probably not limited to). Within a day, however,
God himself Gabe Newell contacted Destructive Creations, apologized for banning Hatred and informed the Polish developer that their title is back up on the Steam Greenlight page.
Yesterday I heard that we were taking Hatred down from Greenlight. Since I wasn’t up to speed, I asked around internally to find out why we had done that. It turns out that it wasn’t a good decision, and we’ll be putting Hatred back up. My apologies to you and your team. Steam is about creating tools for content creators and customers.
GTA Online is getting new co-op mode – Heists
It looks like the debut for the GTA Online Heists content could be tightly correlated with the PC release of GTA V on January 28th. The Heists would essentially be a big update to GTA Online content and would allow groups of up-to-four players to prepare multi-stage heists across the game map. These will require tight communication and coordination, with players taking on specified roles at each point to accomplish multiple objectives on the way to each Heist’s epic finale. Featuring new gameplay, new vehicles, new weapons, new clothing and much more. Can’t wait!!!