Steam Blog - Casscolors
Announcing a higher tier of Community Awards, new Points Shop features, and items available now on Steam.

New Community Awards help you show your appreciation with an even bigger tip to the recipient.

Use the Steam Points you earn by shopping on Steam to give the latest Awards:
  • Treasure (recipient gets 200 points)
  • Mad Scientist (for user-generated content) (recipient gets 100 points)
  • Mind Blown (recipient gets 400 points)
  • Golden Unicorn (recipient gets 800 points)
The recipient can in turn spend those points in the Steam Points Shop, or award a post to brighten someone else's day.

New Features
The Points Shop is enhanced with new features, including:
  • A new, tabbed selection window for sending chat emoticons, animated stickers, and chat effects
  • Points Shop item previews on participating games' store pages
  • A weekly email roll-up to Community Award recipients
  • A Steam profile avatar cropping tool, right in the avatar uploader
BTW: The Points Shop also represents a new way to get Trading Card items such as emoticons and profile backgrounds – you can now exchange points for them.

New Game-Themed Items
Also debuting in the Points Shop:

What's Hot in the Points Shop
The Debut Collection Golden Profile is the most popular item in the shop as of this writing. Grab it before September 22nd at 10am Pacific, when it will vanish from the shop to make way for a new golden profile headed to Steam.

Animated avatar frames and the Black Hole animated profile background are also favorites among the Community, while our most popular sticker is this little clucker from CS:GO!

Since the Steam Points Shop opened almost three months ago, more than 10 million people have exchanged Steam Points for game-themed items to animate their Steam presence and chat sessions.

Check out the thousands of Points Shop items available now, such as animated stickers and chat effects, profile backgrounds, mini-profile backgrounds, avatars, avatar frames, and Community Awards.
Stay Silent - Valve
Stay Silent is Now Available on Steam!

Stay Silent is a western-themed multiplayer online FPS game for VR. Step into a Wild West town in the aftermath of an alien incursion. Playing as either the Marauders or the Guardians, fight against stealthy opponents on silent nights using both traditional guns and powerful alien weapons!
Client Update - Valve
A new Steam client has been released and will be automatically downloaded.

  • Fixed an issue where the game list is sometimes displayed much too wide.

  • Fixed a display issue with some track names when users were running in Brazilian Portuguese, Latin American Spanish, or Simplified/Traditional Chinese.
Client Update - Valve
A new Steam client has been released and will be automatically downloaded. This update has been re-released with a fix for EA Play on August 30th.

  • Added support for EA Play
  • Fixed acquiring free DLC from Steam store using in-game overlay web browser
  • Fixed bug that could cause Steam to crash at shutdown time
  • Fixed runaway memory usage in steamwebhelper process when a corrupt proxy auto-config script is encountered
  • Fixed bug that could cause Steam to hang at shutdown time
  • Fixed game installation failing in certain cases when creating symbolic links
  • Fixed Steam client account button formatting incorrectly when Steam Wallet balance changes
  • Fixed a possible crash in Steam Overlay when taking screenshots in DOOM: Eternal
  • Fixed Download Region being forced to “Argentina” in certain circumstances
  • Fixed license issue with EA Play First Trial after full game has been purchased
  • Fixed Steam client window initially showing as translucent rectangle when opened on a secondary display set to a different DPI value than the primary display
  • Improved updating game content when disk space is low and another Steam library folder on a different disk is available
  • Improved handling of game launches from executables or other launchers. This fixes several issues including the game not receiving the Big Picture version of the overlay even if Big Picture is active

  • Improved sorting for games with non-English titles
  • Added the ability to dismiss a Play Next library suggestion
  • Added Steam Points Shop link on supported games
  • Added ability to grant Community Awards to Activity and Community feed content
  • Stop displaying entries in a game's activity feed for friends that have been unfriended or blocked
  • Games with manuals will now include a link to the manual in the Additional Content section of their game details page

  • Fixed an error where some tracks with localized Japanese names would show the international name instead of the localized name when running in Japanese
  • Fixed errors with the display format and ordering of tracks with metadata when using the built-in music player
  • Improved support for track, album, and artist metadata extraction from all supported audio formats

Steam Input
  • Fixed an issue where Switch Controllers could lock up in games that send rumble off commands each frame
  • Added an implementation of Jibb Smart’s Flick Stick. To use bind the right joystick to Flick Stick and the Gyro to Mouse.
  • Added Flick Stick template configurations for PS4 and Nintendo Switch controllers
  • Added support for using Flick Stick and Mouse Joystick modes with Steam Input API games

  • Fixed "Clear Download Cache" action having no effect
  • Fixed a regression with transparent visual selection for SteamOS overlays and on-screen keyboard causing invalid rendering on NVIDIA configurations
  • Fixed “STOP” button in the Library having no effect for non-Steamworks titles
  • Fixed localization placeholder string appearing on the game launch dialog during Vulkan shader processing
  • Fixed a bug where Vulkan shader processing could sometimes get stuck
  • Reduced Vulkan shader processing memory usage with the AMD radv driver
  • Updated fonts to fix vertical alignment
  • Steam runtime 0.20200720.0
  • pressure-vessel: bring host VDPAU and VA-API drivers into the container
  • pressure-vessel: Improve mechanisms for comparing runtime libraries with host
  • pressure-vessel: Choose a correct and for newer runtimes

Vulkan Shader Pre-Caching
  • Fixed processing progress indicator display on game launch
  • Now processes local source pipeline database on driver update

  • Added check to automatically set SteamVR as the default OpenXR runtime if it is installed and nothing else is already set as the OpenXR runtime.
  • Added check to automatically enable access to SteamVR from app containers (such as Chrome sandboxed processes and UWP apps.)

Steamworks SDK
  • Removed sending duplicate lobby game data to the Steam backend for newer Steamworks titles
Dota 2 - Valve
- Added three new playable heroes: Queen of Pain, Slark, and Templar Assassin
- Added a fifth ascension level: Apex Mage
- Added four new ascension modifiers: Glutton, Clumsy, Glimmer, Meteoric
- Bristleback now sells a variety of minor upgrade shards for the chosen heroes in the game
- The rate of earning Battle Points during the game has been increased

Aghanim's Trials
- The next Trial will be on the Grand Magus ascension level
Team Fortress 2 - Valve
An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:

  • Fixed bsp-embedded models caching rules to allow for reloading the correct model when transitioning to a different map
  • Fixed a couple instances that were not correctly checking for anti-aliasing being disabled
  • Fixed the name of the Replica Titanium Tank 2020 medal
  • Updated The Flatliner to fix a problem when taunting
  • Updated the Hazard Headgear to fix a problem with the material
  • Updated the Crabe de Chapeau to add the smoke effect
  • Updated The Sophisticated Smoker
    • Fixed some clipping issues
    • Added the smoke effect
    • Updated the backpack image
  • Updated the Hypno-eyes

    • Added a style that was not included in the original release
    • Updated the equip_region
Steam Blog - AndrewL

July was a busy month for games launching on Steam, so we're presenting another exciting list of Top Releases. With this post, we'll be looking back at the top 20 products released in July, measured by revenue generated during the first two weeks following their release. As always, we will also be looking at the top 5 free-to-play releases, measured by their total unique player counts.

Controller or keyboard & mouse?

July's list features an impressive amount of games with added controller support. Of the Top Releases in July, an overwhelming 19 of them give players an alternative option to the traditional keyboard & mouse experience. Whether you're strapped in with an advanced force-feedback racing wheel for F1® 2020, or just plugging in your favorite console controller to relax on the couch with Destroy All Humans!, gone are the days of downloading added software or spending time configuring and calibrating your device. For players, it's pretty much as easy as making sure your favorite controller is charged up. For developers, it's become more and more important to consider Steam Input support as an avenue to reach a more diverse set of players. If you're the type of player who wants to delve into more games that support controllers, check out our Controller Friendly homepage for ideas.

Worldwide catalog

We've become accustomed to seeing a diverse representation of games and developers on each month's list, so it was no surprise to see that yet again in July, with games coming from nine different countries (check the list below for full country & developer details). No matter where players are plugged in, they are able to choose from games made all over the world. Developers have paid attention to that too, as most games now support a wide variety of localization options. July's Top Releases offered a huge amount of support in that regard, with games this month supporting an average of seven languages each. DEATH STRANDING takes the cake, with a whopping 20 supported languages, and 12 with full audio support.

New developer highlights

Finally, we'd like to highlight the 11 development teams who made this month's list with their first ever Steam release. Some of these developers have been making games for years on other teams or platforms, while some are making their first-ever game. Congrats and welcome to the following developers - we hope to see more amazing work from you in the future:  Catfood Studio, Cradle Games, Easy Day Studios Pty Ltd, Final Strike Games, KOJIMA PRODUCTIONS, Phobia Game Studio, Robot Squid, Spilt Milk Studios,
Thunkspace LLC, Veewo Games and 甘肃嘉元数字科技有限公司.


July's Top Releases

Here's the list of July's top releases ordered by release date (we've organized this list on a sale page too):

F1® 2020
Codemasters (UK)

SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization Lycoris
AQURIA Co., Ltd. (Japan)

The Wind Road 紫塞秋风
甘肃嘉元数字科技有限公司 (China)

Rocket Arena
Final Strike Games (USA)


Catfood Studio (China)

Neon Abyss
Veewo Games (China)

STORY OF SEASONS: Friends of Mineral Town
Marvelous Inc. (Japan)


SUPERHOT Team (Poland)

STAR WARS™: The Old Republic™
BioWare (Canada)

5D Chess With Multiverse Time Travel
Conor Petersen & Thunkspace, LLC (USA)

Phobia Game Studio (Poland)

Lightbulb Crew (France)

Obsidian Entertainment (USA)

Destroy All Humans!
Black Forest Games (Germany) & Pandemic Studios (USA)

Skater XL - The Ultimate Skateboarding Game
Easy Day Studios Pty Ltd (USA)

Ronimo Games (Netherlands)

Cradle Games (Canada)


July's Top Free Releases

Here are the Top 5 free-to-play titles from July, ranked by total unique player count:

STAR WARS™: The Old Republic™
BioWare (Canada)

Soda Dungeon 2
AN Productions & Poxpower (USA)

Catfood Studio (China)

King of Crabs
Robot Squid & Spilt Milk Studios (UK)

Devolverland Expo
Flying Wild Hog (Poland)


If you're curious about previous months, here are more Top Release lists:
Team Fortress 2 - Valve
An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:

  • Added the Summer 2020 Cosmetic Case
    • Contains 22 new community-contributed items
    • Adds 4 new community-created Unusual effects
  • Fixed an issue where values computed from server bounded ConVars could be incorrect on the client and therefore possibly exploitable
  • Fixed Australium Medigun/Wrench items not dropping for the Mann vs. Machine rewards
  • Fixed the chat window not always being restored to the appropriate place
  • Fixed Competitive badges not displaying correctly
  • Increased the default caps_per_round for Mannpower mode
  • Updated the Watch Streams dialog to open the Twitch page
  • Updated cp_granary with a permanent Soldier statue
  • Updated/Added some tournament medals
  • Updated the localization files
Dota 2 - Valve
Aghanim's Trials
- For this week's Trial the ascension level will be Sorcerer, and the monsters from beyond dimensions are extra resistant to physical attacks, including bosses.

- Fixed a bug that could cause Kinetic Field's Formation Time to become negative.
- Fixed Static Storm's cooldown reduction upgrade applying as a flat value instead of a percentage reduction.
- Fixed some cases where ability values would not update after taking a shard.
- Fixed Rend lifestealing from reflected damage.
Risk of Rain 2 - Valve
Risk of Rain 2 is Now Available on Steam!

Escape a chaotic alien planet by fighting through hordes of frenzied monsters – with your friends, or on your own. Combine loot in surprising ways and master each character until you become the havoc you feared upon your first crash landing.

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