Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Goes Full F2P And Adds Battle Royale

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Goes Full F2P And Adds Battle Royale

The Game Awards might be taking place later tonight, but that doesn’t mean we have to wait several hours for all the big news. In…

Dota 2 Gets Review Bombed Again, This Time For Racist Comments From A Pro Team

Dota 2 Gets Review Bombed Again, This Time For Racist Comments From A Pro Team

Remember when the reveal of Artifact caused such a review-bombing of Dota 2 that it made Valve add charts to Steam pages so people could…

Dota 2’s New Loot Box Shows You The Odds Of Getting Rare Items

Dota 2’s New Loot Box Shows You The Odds Of Getting Rare Items

Valve’s taken a lot of heat the past few months for the way it handles its loot boxes in Dota 2. The Netherlands classified its…

Loot Boxes Come Under Fire In Europe, Australia, And Finland

Loot Boxes Come Under Fire In Europe, Australia, And Finland

If you hate Mondays, just think of how the developers of games that have loot boxes must hate them — or at least this Monday,…

Valve Introduces “CS:GO — Free,” Offering Offline Play And Spectating

Valve Introduces “CS:GO — Free,” Offering Offline Play And Spectating

No, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive isn’t going free-to-play — not yet, anyway. Still, a recent announcement and upcoming release of a spin-off title on Steam could…

Cash Sales Of Loot Boxes In Heroes Of The Storm And Overwatch Will Soon Be Disabled In Belgium

Cash Sales Of Loot Boxes In Heroes Of The Storm And Overwatch Will Soon Be Disabled In Belgium

Earlier today, Blizzard posted on the forums for Heroes of the Storm and Overwatch to say that paid loot boxes for both games will soon…

Dota 2 Players Are Competing For Esport’s Largest Prize Pool At The International

Dota 2 Players Are Competing For Esport’s Largest Prize Pool At The International

Because of the way Valve funds the prize pool for the annual Dota 2 The International tournament, players have a chance to get their hands…

China’s New Game Freeze Could Impact Loot Box Regulation

China’s New Game Freeze Could Impact Loot Box Regulation

If you’ve been following gaming industry sites over the past week, you’ve probably heard about what’s going on in China — or, more specifically, what’s…

OpenAI’s Dota 2 Bots Pummel Top-Tier Human Players

OpenAI’s Dota 2 Bots Pummel Top-Tier Human Players

A few weeks ago, we filled you in on OpenAI, a project funded by Elon Musk that pits a team of self-learning AI bots against…

Valve Lets Dutch Players See The Contents Of Their Next Loot Box Before They Buy

Valve Lets Dutch Players See The Contents Of Their Next Loot Box Before They Buy

When is a loot box not a loot box? When it’s not random, it would appear. That’s the workaround Valve has implemented for Dota 2…

Tencent Has Plans To Bring Its Steam Competitor, WeGame, To The West

Tencent Has Plans To Bring Its Steam Competitor, WeGame, To The West

With Steam drawing in about 15 million players at any one time, Valve has a pretty huge chunk of the PC gaming market. It might…

AI Teams Can Beat Humans At Dota 2, Impressing Bill Gates

AI Teams Can Beat Humans At Dota 2, Impressing Bill Gates

The next time you complain that your opponent in a game is “botting,” be careful — it might be an actual, self-learning AI. OK, we’re…

Valve Disables Dota 2 (And CS:GO) Trading In The Netherlands, In Compliance With New Mandate

Valve Disables Dota 2 (And CS:GO) Trading In The Netherlands, In Compliance With New Mandate

Valve has suspended item trading in Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in the Netherlands. This comes in response to a mandate by the Dutch…

And Now… Even Dota 2 Is Getting In On The Battle Royale Action

And Now… Even Dota 2 Is Getting In On The Battle Royale Action

Okay guys. What did I say earlier today? Everyone loves their Battle Royal. Even Dota 2 is getting in on the action. Although, they’re not…

Dota 2’s Player Base Is In Decline, Says SuperData

Dota 2’s Player Base Is In Decline, Says SuperData

With around half a million players at any one time — trailing only PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on Steam — Dota 2 isn’t exactly dying. But its…

Dota 2 Adds Optional Subscription That Includes Challenges, Cosmetics, And Controversial Real-Time Assistant

Dota 2 Adds Optional Subscription That Includes Challenges, Cosmetics, And Controversial Real-Time Assistant

Valve’s making its free-to-play games a little less free lately. First, there was the announcement that Artifact — which may or may not be a…

Valve’s Artifact Plays Like Dota 2, Won’t Be Free-To-Play

Valve’s Artifact Plays Like Dota 2, Won’t Be Free-To-Play

As one game enters free-to-play, another exits. Valve showed off Artifact, the Dota 2 card game, to a number of press outlets earlier this week,…

Valve Plans Bi-Weekly Releases Of Dota 2 Updates Over The Next 6 Months

Valve Plans Bi-Weekly Releases Of Dota 2 Updates Over The Next 6 Months

Dota 2 players will be getting more frequent — if smaller — updates over the next six months. While not currently intended to be a…

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