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A French court has ruled Steam users must be allowed to “resell their digital games, just like they can any physical product,” Engadget’s Igor Bonifacic reports. The court rejected Valve’s argument that Steam is a subscription and said “Steam doesn’t sell games as part of a subscription package.” PC Gamer’s Dominic Tarason reports Valve plans to appeal the decision.
Steam Labs released additional details on “two new experimental discoverability features heading to Steam,” Gamasutra’s Chris Kerr reports. “Deep Dive will work by leveraging tags provided by game creators and the Steam community to identify games that share similarities with the ones users already know and love.”
Nvidia’s GeForce Now is getting an update. “Nvidia has completely changed that with its new GeForce Now UI design, saying it brings ‘search front and center,’” PC Gamer’s Joanna Nelius writes. “And that search bar is definitely front and center, now extending nearly all the way across the top instead of being a tiny icon near the top right corner.”
Interviews: Ustwo Games’ Dan Gray (GI.biz).
Extra Esports News:
San Francisco 49ers’ Richard Sherman has joined Luminosity Gaming “as a shareholder and global brand ambassador. Sherman will appear at Luminosity Gaming activations, and also will create content with the organization’s Call of Duty team and fellow NFL players,” TEO’s Andrew Hayward writes.
ESL, Intel, and NSE are banding together to launch “a new programme designed to identify esports talent at UK universities. The new initiative builds on the partnership between ESL and Intel that was first created in 2018 and will continue until 2021,” ESI’s Jonno Nicholson reports.
Playfull raised “$2 million to build out a platform that rewards gamers for playing League of Legends and other popular esports games,” VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi writes. “The company tracks player performance across several popular esports games and delivers personalized rewards for meaningful achievements and wins.”
DreamHack and Challengermode have extended their partnership, Hayward reports. “The companies originally partnered in April 2018 after working together on previous individual events.”
DreamHack also extended its partnership with Elmia, ESI’s David Hollingsworth writes. “The venue, which is owned by the Municipality of Jönköping, played host to the first ever DreamHack festival in 2002.”
Unicorns of Love and Unikrn are partnering, ESI’s Cody Luongo reports. “Alongside the partnership announcement, Unicorns of Love unveiled its new Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster that will be participating in the upcoming ESEA Mountain Dew League.”
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