Steam fights Discord with new Chat service, coming soon to iOS

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Steam just made it a lot easier to talk to your teammates.
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Steam is taking the fight to Discord with a new Chat service that makes it easier to communicate with teammates.

Chat can be used for voice and text, negating the need for third-party services, and it’s (obviously) designed with gamers in mind. It’s also headed to iOS soon.

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Steam Link could finally be arriving soon.
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Valve makes controversial decision to ‘allow everything’ in Steam Store

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Steam Link could finally be arriving soon.
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Valve is making a huge change that’s going to have a massive impact on the content you see in the Steam Store. The company is doing away with human curation and allowing everything to be sold through its platform.

Valve says it should be up to players to decide what kinds of games they play, while developers should have the freedom to choose what kinds of games they make. However, it will be creating new tools that give shoppers greater control over what appears in their Steam Store.

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What Steam Link would have looked like on iPhone.
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Apple says no to Steam Link and we all suffer.
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Steam Link lets you play PC games on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV

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Apple says no to Steam Link and we all suffer.
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You can now play your PC game library anywhere around your home without being weighed down by a chunky gaming laptop. The official Steam Link app lets you enjoy your favorite Steam games on your iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.

You’ll be able to play with a Steam Controller, MFi controller, or a range of other gamepads supported by Steam.

Steam adds support for the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

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Use your Pro Controller to play your favorite Mac and PC games.
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Steam has added official support for the Switch Pro Controller in its latest client beta.

Players no longer have to use fiddly third-party workarounds to enjoy Nintendo’s best controller in their favorite games. All of its buttons and even its motion controls are now fully supported.

Create and lead a thriving society in Civilization VI [Deals]

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Civilization VI is a worthy addition to the legacy of the classic turn-based strategy game.
Civilization VI is a worthy addition to the legacy of the classic turn-based strategy game.
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Most fans of computer gaming will be familiar with the epic Civilization series. It’s a turn-based strategy game that challenges players to build and sustain a thriving global society. Spanning from the beginnings of human history all the way to the deep future, it’s a complex, satisfying game. If that doesn’t sound fun, trust us: it is.

Cyberpunk meets horror in this addictive detective game

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Play the role of a neural detective in this genre-defining cyberpunk horror game.
Play the role of a neural detective in this genre-defining cyberpunk horror game.
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As reality gets weirder, our ideas about the future get weirder still. The cyberpunk genre deals with ideas about what would happen when humans became enmeshed with computer networks. Now that that’s happening, the genre is asking new questions, like, what if you could hack people’s fears?