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  • The International 2015: 9 facts about the world’s biggest Dota 2 tournament

    Valve's The International Dota 2 Championship is like the Oscars of the gaming world and the Hunger Games of award ceremonies. Sixteen of the world's best eSports teams come together once a year to settle their differences using Dota 2. This year, the event moves to Seattle, Washington State at the Key Arena and it promises to be one of the biggest eSports tournaments ever held. Last year's The International made an appearance on the front page of the New York Times last year for the 2014 championship while the population of a small country tuned in to see the event...

  • PlayStation 4 streaming, Ethan Hunt’s return and ‘ZOMBI': the TGIF Video Roundup

    Welcome to the TGIF Video Roundup, a weekly series where we explore, highlight and poke fun at some of the videos, trailers and clips that have made the internet a fun place to be this week. If you missed our last roundup, catch it below. Read more: Windows 10, ‘No Man’s Sky’ and ‘Life Is Strange': the TGIF Video Roundup How is everyone feeling? Yes, it has been a long, long week, and even longer for the likes of Microsoft. Now that Windows 10 is out in the wild all the company can hope for is that it doesn't become the...

  • Valve launches DotaTV beta streaming service before The International

    Valve's The International is arguably the world's biggest eSports tournament let alone the world's biggest DotA 2 soiree. It's perhaps the digital gaming equivalent of the FIFA World Cup, and it's owner is playing around with the idea of a dedicated streaming service. Valve is trialing a beta version of its new DotaTV platform which is essentially a hub for all the information viewers could possibly want, including gamer stats, graphs and more intuitive analytics. There's also an area to watch some live games a that aren't directly related to The International. DotaTV will showcase some of the most popular DotA...

  • HTC Vive, The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario 64: this week’s TGIF Video Roundup

    TGIF, and we really shouldn’t be at work, but that won’t stop us from gandering through the week’s best tech, gadget and gaming videos, now will it? If you missed last week's roundup, catch it below. Read more: The Gizmondo, ‘Battlefield Hardline’ and LG Watch Urbane: this week’s TGIF Video Roundup With MWC 2015 and GDC 2015 both taking up too much of our time here at the Gearburn office this week, we haven't exactly been procrastinating as much as we should've been. Nevertheless, we've put together a sound and solid batch of flicks to help you get over the final...

  • MWC 2015 live blog: this year’s conference comes to a close

    It's pretty early for those reading from the States and its smack in the middle of the work day for us closer to the Greenwich line, so keeping track of MWC 2015 using the official livestreams available is a bit of a pain. But let us ease any worries and qualms you might have. Our MWC 2015 live blog will track Barcelona's mobile movements as they happen. Oh, and they'll be happening rather quickly at that if the bundle of pre-event news is anything to go by. If you missed our build up to MWC 2015 and all the rumours, punts...

  • HTC Vive, HTC One M9 and HTC Grip launch at MWC 2015

    The Mobile World Congress (MWC 2015) is not just about smartphones. Huawei's stunner of a smartwatch alongside its smartband were a refreshing bunch alongside all the smartphone chatter. Though it was HTC that really took the show by the balls, with the announcement of a Virtual Reality (VR) headset that managed to overshadow its latest flagship -- the HTC One M9. In partnership with the one and only Valve, HTC just announced its answer to the VR craze that's quickly trying to shape the way we consume media -- from games to movies and simulations. The VR headset is called Vive, and...

  • Valve’s Steam Summer Sale comes early, has added Adventure mode

    Gamers upset that Valve hasn't actually officially launched its Steam Machine platform yet, can today take comfort in the company's massive annual Steam Summer Sale. Valve, through its Steam store, is offering discounts on "thousands" of gaming titles for the next ten days. Although the sale is earlier than last year's, the company will still be offering its customary daily deals, community choice sales and a sales-orientated meta-game, allowing members to win additional titles. This year, eight-hour flash sales also join the fold, because waiting sucks. Current daily deals on offer include the dark DayZ, cut by a measly 15% to US$25.49....

  • Steam Music enters invite-only beta

    Steam sales and downloads have been tremendous, numbering in the hundreds of millions. There's apps now, Steam OS, Big Picture mode for our luscious LCD TVs, even Steam Machines. Recently, Steam added another reason for you to download it, namely Steam Music, a beta invite-only service which will let you listen to your music library while you play. Valve, developers of Steam, say that when you've finished "pointing Steam to your local library", it'll add album and artist views to your music collection. Here's how you sign up: head on over to the Steam Music group and click "Join Group"....

  • Valve has virtual reality plans, but it’s not telling until January 2014

    Valve, creator of Half Life and digital game distribution platform Steam, will introduce virtual reality (VR) hardware by 2014 at the Steam Developer Days, a weekend-long game developers conference in Seattle. From 15-16 January, Valve's Mike Abrash and Joe Ludwig will discuss how it plans to use VR with Steam, and demo its own "affordable" VR device, reads the official Steam Dev Days post. The press waffle is as follows: "We’ve figured out what affordable Virtual Reality (VR) hardware will be capable of within a couple of years, and assembled a prototype which demonstrates that such VR hardware is capable...

  • Steam Machines set to launch January 2014, prototype gets pictured

    After much teasing ever since the so-called "Steam Box" was demonstrated at CES 2013, Valve has finally announced it will reveal its PC, console hybrid Steam Machines as well as its official hardware partners at CES 2014. Hopefully it will finally launch soon after that. According to The Verge on 7- 10 January we will see a bunch of unique Steam Machines revealed with different specs to cater the broad range of different gamers. As Valve's Anna Sweet notes: "We have 65 million Steam users. They’re a broad range of gamers. They all have different priorities when it comes to buying...