This week: Steam games need real screenshots to make it onto the store; Super League Gaming and Riot Games join forces to bring League of Legends to movie theaters; and BlizzCon 2016 kicks off!
Valve says you now have to show your game to sell it
Valve is revising its Steam guidelines for developers who sell their games on its store. Called the “Discovery Update 2.0,” developers must use actual, in-game screenshots to promote their games — CG renders or marketing copies are not permitted. Valve hopes that the storewide update will make it easier for customers to understand what the product is. Valve has already edited the listing for Dota 2 to reflect the new guidelines, where in-game footage is now front-and-center. Polygon suspects that this new update is a reaction to No Man’s Sky, one of “the biggest controversies surrounding the use of marketing images.”
Super League Gaming bringing League of Legends to a theater near you
Super League Gaming and Riot Games announced yesterday a deal to bring League of Legends to cinemas and theaters all over the country, Yahoo eSports reports. This isn’t just watching competitive LoL on the big screen, though. These events will see League players bringing their laptops to the theater and competing with each other, with the action all displayed on the big screen. A competition between teams from different cities is even in the works!
BlizzCon 2016 kicks off
BlizzCon, Blizzard’s massive community event, kicked off today and wraps tomorrow. In preparation for the event, IGN previewed what to expect from games like Overwatch, Diablo, and more. Blizzard kicked off the event by releasing a new animated short showing off upcoming playable character Sombra, who has been teased over the last few months and is much anticipated by the game’s community.