Steam is rolling out better store discoverability, mobile chat, and library improvements in 2019

    
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Valve is surely feeling a bit frazzled over Epic and Discord’s power plays in the last few months, but you wouldn’t know it from its annual Steam recap this week. While rattling off Steam’s key stats – 90 million monthly active users probably being the most impressive – it also takes a winding tour through the messy history of the platform’s development, from its earliest days through curation, wishlists, chat, moderation, the bug bounty program, and even support. “In 2018 our game review team processed 46,200 review requests, played 11,111 games (or DLC), and examined 17,448 store pages,” Valve says.

But the “2019 and beyond” section might be the most important bit in the whole recap. The company says it’s working on a Steam PC cafe program, mobile chat, better cheat-related matchmaking, expansion for Steam TV, a better events system, and the China launch. Critically, Valve is promising a major library update (holy crap about time right?) and better store discoverability, which has to be the biggest complaint right now.

“We’re working on a new recommendation engine powered by machine-learning, that can match players to games based on their individual tastes. Algorithms are only a part of our discoverability solution, however, so we’re building more broadcasting and curating features and are constantly assessing the overall design of the store.”

Will it be enough to fend off the well-funded upstarts like the Epic Games Store, which just talked Ubisoft into Division 2 exclusivity? Guess we’ll see.

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socontrariwise

You know what I want?
For devs to tag their games themselves and penalties if they don’t tag them correctly or overly broad. Make a few dozen tags or so that mean something instead of everyone and their dog inventing new stuff.
And people can vote on the tags and if it reaches a certain negative threshhold a Valve person wipes it and re-assesses.

And I want a spam filter for the overlay “Your friend xyz is now playing abc” because EA means a lot of games crash and burn and you get bombarded by the same person login in, crashing, login in … Monster Hunter World was such a horrible example. Atlas likely is the same.

AND I want a function that makes using steam save automatic so I can indeed move between computer and laptop and not carry this stuff. Or at least an easy “export saves etc for this game”.

AND I want the function for multiplayer games that a save of the game is available to me even if a friend decides to delete the world we shared. We share the world, we share the save, can’t be so difficult.

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socontrariwise

South East Asia and South Asia is not part of Asia? What does that mean, are we talking here China and India are separated from the remainder of Asia and basically Russia places nearly a quarter of the userbase now?

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Ernost

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Asia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southeast_Asia

Based on that I’m guessing that ‘Asia’ in the graphic is ‘East Asia’
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Asia

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Ernost

It appears I was wrong, Steam’s South Asia is just Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

https://gearnuke.com/steam-store-introduces-regional-pricing-south-asian-countries/

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Arktouros

The two biggest issues I got with steam are the sheer volume of garbage and mislabeling of game types. Having a glorified anime titty title show up under strategy because you have to do a 4 block puzzle to unlock the image is just absurd.

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Braveliltoasterx

Oh so you’ve played it then. Well looks like the algorithm is working superbly.

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socontrariwise

You do understand that there are gameplay videos?

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IronSalamander8 .

Good. I like Steam but these other stores will at least make them wake up and pay attention. They’ve been too complacent for too long.

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Bruno Brito

Call me when they roll a better TF2.

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Armsbend

‘Call me when they roll a game.’

Fixed.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Bruno Brito

WE MISSED YOU

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Armsbend

Just realized, after many times seeing that pic, the girls were twins.

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rahkeesh

Worse, its probably the exact same girl.

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rafael12104

LOL! Perfect. Thank you, my friend.

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Grimalkin

Are they still gonna hide the original Skyrim version, trying to shovel that “special edition” nonsense?

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rahkeesh

That’s up to Bethesda. You can’t force a dev to sell a game they don’t want to.

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semugh

SE is updated to 64 bit and it has hi-res textures. Has all the expansions. It’s a better game.

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Dankey Kang

Too little too late Valve.

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Danny Smith

Almost like they got a kick in the ass about not being the only game in town by something and they pulled all their fingers out their ass for the first time since Obama was in office.

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Armsbend

Lots of people asked how competition would benefit the consumer.

Look Valve is suddenly showing up to work.

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rafael12104

Exactly. The more stores the merrier.