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Earlier today, it was announced the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is attempting to sue Valve, as the organisation feels the refund policies used for Steam currently breach Australian consumer law. As many of us are aware, Valve only offers refunds for Steam games under very specific circumstances, something the ACCC is apparently not very happy with.
The first court hearing is set to take place on October 7th 2014 at the Federal Court in Sydney, where the ACCC will attempt to sue Valve for breaching local consumer law, the details of which are explained below.
While this obviously isn't quite the same situation, clear similarities can be seen. It'll be interesting to see how this most recent court case against Valve is to be resolved and whether or not any of the policies affecting how you or I use Steam will be changed as a result. As always, we'll keep you posted.
Source: Kotaku Australia
With Valve being named the most desirable game studio in the world alongside a pair of big birthdays, there's been plenty to celebrate about for this week's episode of the ValveTime News.
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A recent update to the Steam Client Beta has added playlists and track numbers to Steam Music alongside various other smaller changes for the rest of the Steam interface.
Newly added track numbers, improved artist filtering, and total queue duration listings should also help improve the organisation of music libraries and playlists. Several other minor changes include colour tweaks based on recent user feedback and a slight visual update to the screenshot user interface in order to bring it inline with the new blue colour scheme introduced to the Steam client earlier this month.
The new changes are currently restricted to the Steam Client Beta while the rest of the kinks are worked out, but expect to see these features hit the main Steam client sometime soon. For now, more details about this week's Steam Client Beta update can be found over on the community group.
In a recent survey of 2,200 game developers conducted by the International Game Developers Association, Valve was named as the most desirable studio to work at, beating out other prominent developers and publishers such as Activision Blizzard, BioWare, Ubisoft, Nintendo, and Naughty Dog. Curiously, developers also seemed to prefer getting a job at Valve more so than working for themselves at their own company.
Elsewhere in the survey, developers also named Steam as the most important platform for future growth within the games industry, claiming it to be far more important than a number of other modern gaming platforms such as Android Phones/Tablets, the iPad, traditional consoles (Xbox, Playstation, etc), and the iPhone. This is likely attributed to the continually growing player base present on the platform, recent technological innovations such as SteamVR and In-Home Streaming, and the numerous plans Valve have laid out for the software's future, including the Steam Controller and Steam Machines.
While these figures obviously only represent a certain percentage of video game developers, it is interesting to see Valve's long-standing goal of making their company as desirable as possible provide some real concrete results. After all, that is one great snack room.
It's been a busy couple of days, so we're talking leaks, merchandise, Source 2, Valve tours, and everything in between in this week's episode of the ValveTime News!
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