Steam plans game library and events revamp as Discord begins monetizing ‘insights’ for game devs

    
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The battle for your game dollars and storefront participation is on, and we’re not sad to see the competition heating up, finally.

At GDC this week, Valve announced that it’s bringing a slew of new features to Steam, including Steam Events, which sounds like a big upgrade over the current event setup; that just alerts you as events in your followed games begin. The new events feature looks more like a calendar, or an agenda, with “personalized” information about ongoing events, broadcasts, and upcoming tournaments. Plus, the library is getting a full redesign (oh my goodness, finally) with the activities plan in mind. The events stuff should be live for everyone later in 2019.

That’s in addition to the user reviews revamp the company unveiled last week.

Meanwhile, Discord is also up to some stuff that, as Popdog developer Avi Bhuiyan pointed out on Twitter, has flown “remarkably under the radar.” It’s offering verified servers for game developers and allowing devs to create their own store channels to better sell their games, which is pretty much a big clue that the Discord Store itself wasn’t doing that great and might be on the way out, no doubt thanks to the entry of other players in the storefront market – like Epic and now Google. But the key bit, as Bhuiyan argues, is that Discord appears to be shifting its stance on monetizing user metrics. Here’s Discord:

“Moreover, we’ve learned that devs want better insights for their games. These insights allows devs to optimize their game development, marketing campaigns, and community activations which ultimately makes better game experiences for players. So, some analytics are already live and some are coming soon for devs making use of our commerce tools. Use these insights to understand how much salt you need to add to your gamezpacho.”

Source: Gamasutra, Discord, Twitter
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Nate Woodard

I will always support the developer directly. I rarely and I do mean rarely open steam. It’s one of the main reasons I don’t play AQ3D on desktop. I just hate using steam to play games. If there’s a way around third party apps, I’m genuinely the guy finding it.

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Armsbend

Please let me permanently delete games from my library. I have at least 100 that I will never play again and hate looking at.

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camren_rooke

You can uninstall them and then move them to a self created folder called ‘Uninstalled’ or ‘S*&% I’LL Never Play Again’ so all you see is that folder.

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Armsbend

I’ve done that and I don’t like it. Something about them being there just rubs me the wrong way. I appreciate the advice though Camren :)

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Greaterdivinity

IIRC you can hide games on Steam. I’ve done that to a few that I don’t want to look at (VR versions of games I own etc.)

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Ashfyn Ninegold

In addition to any of the other cures, you can ask Steam to permanently delete a game from your library, which is, as it says, a permanent solution. If you ever want to play a deleted game again, you’ll have to repurchase it. Hiding is better. Categorizing works, too.

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Armsbend

There are some F2Ps I hate having in my library. Like a mark of dishonor. Also some really questionable purchases I made when I used to buy games because they were on sale.

But I don’t feel like I should have to contact Valve to get rid of them.

Just something I’d like I don’t stay awake at night over it. <3

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agemyth 😩

Go to your “account details” page and click on some words that say “View licenses and product key activations”. You can remove F2P-type things from your account there.

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PurpleCopper

Would Valve have updated Steam as fast (or at all) if not for Epic Games Storefront?

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Armsbend

The only Valve staff that shows up to work are the ones running the auction.