Steam’s Lunar New Year Sale Begins

PC gaming powerhouse Steam has officially launched their Lunar New Year sale, running from February 15th through the end of the 19th. With thousands of games on sale from 10% off up to as much as 90% off, this is a great time to grab that game you’ve been eyeing or gift your friends a copy of your favorite multiplayer game!

Steam’s Lunar New Year sale includes hot games such as Tekken 7 and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt at a staggering 50% off, as well as cult favorites including Stardew Valley and Undertale at 20% and 50% off, respectively.

This is a great opportunity to branch out and try genres of gaming you’re unfamiliar with, or really dig deep in your gaming style of choice! Whatever your interests are, Steam has you covered this New Lunar Year. Here are three suggestions to start of the Lunar New Year right!

1: They Are Billions

They Are Billions is a trending game from developer Numantian Games that showcases the ever popular zombie survival setting with spectacular strategy gameplay.

2: Nioh: The Complete Edition

Nioh: The Complete Edition is a brutal action game that contains the full game, it’s three expansions, and three additional story chapters. This is for the hardcore among us.

3: This War of Mine

This War of Mine is a beautiful game dripping with meaningful narrative. You play the roles of a group of survivors in a besieged city, and shows a side of war often left untold.

The company’s extensive sales help both consumers and developers. Consumers get access to games that may have originally been out of their budget or wildcards they were uncertain of. Developers, on the other hand, gain increased exposure and revenue due to the aforementioned consumer benefits. It’s a win-win situation and with so many great titles discounted, you can’t go wrong taking advantage of this great sale!

Steam Bans Insel Games After Fake Reviews Appear

Steam is one of the largest gaming websites on the internet. This company primarily offers PC games to their ever-growing audience. Many people credit the review and rating system created by Steam that allows customers to reviews game they’ve purchased and played. Insel Games might not appear to be a recognizable game. However, if you’ve played their wildly popular Wild Buster: Heroes of Titan game, you know the company very well. Unfortunately, Insel Games would have their entire catalog removed from Steam after committing a very serious rule violation.

PC Gamer recently reported that Reddit was where an internal email from Insel Games was posted. The email mentions that it was noted that the Wild Buster game didn’t have a lot of reviews on Steam. Therefore, employees working for Insel Games were encouraged to both purchase and leave a positive review for the game.

The email never specifically mentions forcing employees to write a review. However, the email does state that employees “should not have to” be asked or told to review the game. Furthermore, the email would compare the success of the game to determining if workers would be able to keep their jobs. After the email was leaked on Reddit, Steam quickly launched an investigation into the matter of looking at the reviews for Wild Buster: Heroes of Titan. Shortly after the Reddit post, all traces of Insel Games were removed from the Steam store for violation of store policies.

To summarize, massive gaming website and service Steam recently banned Insel Games from its huge gaming service. A recent post on Reddit was reported to be a leaked email from within Insel Games that encouraged employees to buy and positively review their games on Steam. Shortly thereafter, Steam announced that Insel games would be banned from releasing content through their gaming service.