The ACCC On Valve's Refund Policy: "We Had To Take It To Court"

This morning the ACCC announced it would be taking Valve to court over its current refund policy, today we spoke to the Chairman Rod Sims and Regional Director Sam Di Scerni about the issue and some of the reasoning behind today’s statement.

Valve Responds To Being Sued By The ACCC

This morning the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission announced that it would be suing Valve over its refund policy, as it allegedly goes against Australian consumer law. According to Doug Lombardi of Valve, it plans to co-operate fully.

The ACCC Is Suing Valve

We’ve just received word that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is suing Valve over its refund policy, which it claims is operating in breach of the Australian Consumer Law.

Is Heroes Of The Storm Too Much Like DOTA, Or Too Little Like DOTA?

Blizzard’s new take on the MOBA genre, Heroes of the Storm, has a complicated relationship with DOTA. The original mod was spawned inside Warcraft 3, a Blizzard game, but now it’s property of Valve, and Blizzard is making their own. If you’ve been lucky enough to be invited already into the alpha, you’ve had your first taste of HOTS — so with DOTA 2 already well established, is HOTS too far or too close to the existing format?

What Happens When A Voice Changer Makes You Sound Female In Counter-Strike: GO [NSFW]

With Counter-Strike: Global Offensive refusing to let up on its constant updates, it’s reached a stage where weapon balance is the best in any version of Counter-Strike. Ever. That’s not Gen-y hyperbole, that’s a fact. And along with this newfound playability, and Call of Duty’s refusal to release anything new worth playing, the pendulum in swinging back to good ol’ CS. It never really had a player population problem, but as the community gets larger, it invariably gets nastier — and this was on display in one of my matches a few nights ago.

I met Ruby when I started a match on one of Operation Breakout’s new maps, Black Gold. Ruby introduced herself over the mic, and with that first fact – herself – the abuse began.

TF2 Doco Is Called, Yes, A Fragumentary

Held around a year ago, Insomnia49 was the biggest-ever LAN tournament for fans of Team Fortress 2. This week, a documentary of the event has been released, and it’s great.

People Really, Really Want To Work At Valve

At least, according to those polled for an International Game Developers Association (IGDA) poll. And how bad do they want to work there? More than at their own company.

Dota 2 Really Makes Me Want To Buy Stuff

I am 132 hours into Dota 2. During this time, I haven’t spent a single cent on the game, but damned if it’s not doing everything in its power to tempt me.

Team Fortress 2 Could Have Been A Pretty Different Game

Over the years, Valve has added an almost mind-boggling amount of Stuff (TM) to multiplayer shooter phenom Team Fortress 2. Even more interesting, however, are the things that didn’t make the cut.

DOTA Heroes In Hearthstone Would Be Game-Breaking

Rollow, a fan of both DOTA and Hearthstone, created a huge deck featuring all Dota 2 heroes as if they were in Blizzard’s card game. With the appropriate powers and stats.