Valve's Steam suffers worldwide failure over the weekend

By Leeky
Feb 13, 2012
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  1. Valve’s digital games distribution service Steam suffered a worldwide failure for several hours on Sunday, leaving users unable to play games as well as taking offline the Steam user forum…

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  2. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    How ironic.
  3. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,883   +638

    wow, I have seen this steam logo soo many times on techspot I'm wondering if techspot are just advertising steam.

    Any who, i'm just taking all this bad press against steam just means steam is going through their "Rough Patch" at the moment, it happens to the best of us.
  4. why do people target steam and hack their servers and cause problems, they are a great company and yes i understand hackers want info. but take it from people who deserve to be tampered with not an organization that gives great games at great prices.
  5. TekGun

    TekGun TS Booster Posts: 156   +17

    At least try and read the article, where does it say steam was hacked? oh that's right it doesn't.
  6. Raswan

    Raswan TS Enthusiast Posts: 279

    "On Friday Valve co-founder Gab Newell contacted users notifying them that the attacks last year were worse than first expected, and evidence has been found that the hackers had stole a backup file containing financial transactions between 2004 and 2008. No passwords were stored in the file and all of the personal information was encrypted. Nevertheless, he recommends users keep a close eye on credit card statements and use Steam Guard to provide an additional layer of protection as a precautionary measure."

    Last paragraph...
  7. NeoFlux

    NeoFlux TS Booster Posts: 97   +10

    Backup should be stored offline, right? :)
  8. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,266   +101

    gotta get a backup for the backup, sheesh
  9. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,260   +92

    ...Or Steam-related news is simply relevant to TS visitors. If you're complaining about the overuse of a picture, that's fixable :).
  10. SalaSSin

    SalaSSin TS Booster Posts: 134   +42

    Nice fix :)
  11. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,011   +18


  12. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,883   +638

    Ahahahaha! Now that is more like ;)
  13. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 3,797   +116

    Aye.... The irony here is Matthew has used the image of the class he plays in TF2 to blow me up all the time! :haha:

    Sorry for the repetitive image use Burty117, I'll mix it up a little in future coverage of Valve/Steam.
  14. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,883   +638

    No need to apologise, I just felt I'd seen a giant steam logo every other story posted, not your fault, just me visiting the site every time a new story about steam is posted, if I visited less I wouldn't notice :)

    But then, where would I get my tech news!?

    Either way, if any class in TF2 was to blow up the valve servers, it would be the demo man, not a solder! :p
  15. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TS Guru Posts: 443   +17

    Good old Gab Newell…
  16. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 3,797   +116

    Aye, no worries. I always appreciate feedback, good or bad. :) In hindsight I agree, they needed changing up a little.

    No, Pyro... See Mathew might blow me up nonstop, but I usually get him with the flames first, so he dies frantically rushing for a first aid kit. :haha:

    We have a laugh on there. You should join us some time!
  17. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,883   +638

    I know, I should join, I'm a fail when it comes to time keeping outside of work, I know it's every Friday, what time (UK) does it all kick off?
  18. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 3,797   +116

    Its early on Saturday morning. 5am kick off for us in the UK.. I'm there most weeks. But me and Matthew usually fire up TF2 over the weekend in the evenings our time. So by all means join us for the Fragfest or in the evenings over the weekend.

    I think I have you on my Steam anyway. :)
  19. Isn't Newell's name Gabe, not Gab? Or he had volunteered his ending E to the "buy new UPS" fund? Honestly, mentioning the Steam's hacking again in this article seems like no chance is missed to attack Steam and try to discredit their service's reliability. Although there is no connection between hacking and UPS failures (unless it's a sabotage sponsored by the same rival company).

    Even though hacking is a serious matter, the stolen encrypted credit card data was so old, I personally have changed two cards since 2008. And this UPS failure, what a big deal! Such thing can happen to anyone, no hardware is fail-proof. Even Macs have screens of death (so I was told). If not this article, I wouldn't even notice that outage.

    I'm always ready to criticise Steam, but these attacks make one want to defend them. Steam has achieved a lot in fighting piracy (I'm an ex-pirate myself) and helping game developers to self-publish (my beloved Revolution software, for instance), so let's be compassionate when the guys have such a nasty problem.
  20. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 3,797   +116


    Aye, typo, sorry for that. Correct now, and thank you for letting me know. :)

    I don't think the article is critical of Steam in a negative manner. I was reporting the downtime, and even took the time to explain how the UPS works and what happens should it fail.

    They do occasionally, nothing anyone can do about an unexpected failure of those components.

    I mentioned the recent news in order to provide another reminder for those unaware of the previous article. Ultimately I'm not concerned about the stolen backup file. Valve were very honest from the outset, and there is certainly no cause for concern about whether they're being truthful given the previous statements and honesty.

    I'm very fond of Steam, and I use it all day every single day. I agree that Steam is a step forward in digital game distribution, and offers fair deals on a lot of titles. It is also very convenient to use as well, I especially like having all of my titles in the one library and being able to download my whole collection at will without having to worry about any product keys, or damaged discs.
  21. Credit card data breaches. Power outages. Now let's see...where is my bootleg copy of Skyrim?
  22. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,597   +369

    Credit card data has not been compromised yet to anyone's knowledge as it was encrypted unlike private data held by Sony so at least Steam was following some level of security best practices.

    But yes, it is not good if you can't play Skyrim because someone kicked the power cable out of the servers. Hope offline mode worked for people!
  23. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +90

    So that's what was going on, I was curious.
  24. Alpha Gamer

    Alpha Gamer TS Guru Posts: 328   +89

  25. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +627

    Heh, me too. I saw a massive down spike in the user graph when checking store page on mobile.

    Sucks though. Offline mode is still not fixed.

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