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GitHub - Codeusa/SteamCleaner: A PC utility for restoring disk space from various game clients like Origin, Steam, Uplay, Battle.net, GoG and Nexon
SteamCleaner - :us: A PC utility for restoring disk space from various game clients like Origin, Steam, Uplay, Battle.net, GoG and Nexon :us:
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3 days ago by Seumas
Surgeons issue warning over government policy on revolutionary keyhole heart surgery procedure
The keyhole procedure, transcatheter aortic valve implant (TAVI), sees the replacement of the aortic valve without the need for open-heart surgery.

A surgeon uses a tiny wire to insert a new aortic valve into an artery, generally through the groin. It is then delicately manoeuvred up to the heart and inside the existing valve.

MSAC has determined only a cardiologist or a surgeon is needed to perform the operation.

But surgeons insist there should be both a cardiologist and a surgeon present.
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6 weeks ago by philippe3000
How Counter-Strike turned a teenager into a compulsive gambler • ESPN
Shaun Assel:
<p>The first-person-shooter game pits terrorists against counterterrorists and was played by an average of 342,000 people at once in 2016. Its biggest tournaments, such as the ELeague Major scheduled for Jan. 22-29 in Atlanta, can have million-dollar prize pools and as many as 27 million streaming viewers. An estimated 26m copies of the $15 game have been downloaded since its debut four years ago, helping make its manufacturer, Valve, the world's leading distributor of PC titles.

While other titles such as Call of Duty offer similar gameplay, one distinctive feature has helped fuel Counter-Strike's growth: collectible items in the game called "skins." Although they don't improve anyone's chances of winning, the skins cover weapons in distinctive patterns that make players more identifiable when they stream on services like Twitch. Users can buy, sell and trade the skins, and those used by pros become hotly demanded. Some can fetch thousands of dollars in online marketplaces.

Valve controls the skins market. Every few months, it releases an update to Counter-Strike with new designs. It decides how many of each skin get produced and pockets a 15 percent fee every time one gets bought or sold on its official marketplace, called Steam. Valve even offers stock tickers that monitor the skins' constantly shifting values.

But Valve also leaves a door open into the programming of its virtual world, one that allows skins to move out of Steam and into a murky constellation of gambling websites, where they're used as currency. Some $5bn was wagered in skins in 2016, according to research by the firms Eilers & Krejcik Gaming and Narus Advisors. While about 40% of them are bet on esports matches and tournaments, says Chris Grove, who authored a study for the companies, roughly $3bn worth flows to a darker corner of the internet - one populated by fly-by-night websites that accept skins for casino-style gaming. Here, the games are simple, the action is fast and new sites open as soon as others close. Plenty of adults visit these sites, but with virtually no age restrictions, kids are also able to gamble their skins -- often bought with a parent's credit card - on slots, dice, coin flips or roulette spins. At least one site even has pro sports betting.</p>


Remarkable reporting.
valve  gambling  esports 
11 weeks ago by charlesarthur
「团队」看了这份员工手册,我终于知道Valve为什么是一家伟大的公司了
少楠说:Valve 俗称阀门厂,除了握有《半条命》《DOTA2》《传送门》系列游戏的 IP 之外,还拥有最大的游戏分发平台 Steam。那么是什么促成这些极具创造力的产品诞生呢?也许这份员工手册能让我们窥得阀门厂是如何看待管理、沟通和协作的。
管理  valve  团队  创造 
february 2017 by plidezus
Gabe Newell isn't really here
Isaac Brekken/Invision/AP Gabe Newell sits perfectly still, leans forward. His hands are laid on his lap.
vr  going  newell  valve  people  not  re  ll 
february 2017 by davidmerrique
Valve is working on three full VR games - Polygon
Valve is working on three new virtual reality games, which company chief Gabe Newell describes as full games rather than tech demos.

At a media round-table at the company's Bellevue, Washington headquarters yesterday, Newell said that the games represent a second generation of VR releases, which will be longer and more in-depth than previous demo-like experiences.
Valve  gaming  virtualreality  launch  Poylgon  2017 
february 2017 by inspiral

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