Valve Software Pays GameSHOUT.com [?]

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Published by Azzkiker 17 years ago , last updated 5 years ago
Valve Software pays up big by giving a percentage of Steam royalties to GameSHOUT.com. GameSHOUT.com, once the owner of Xbox360.com before it sold to Microsoft, Corp for leasing, has struck a deal with Valve Software, LLC. GameSHOUT.com has given up 4 domain names for Valve Software. These domain names include "SteamGames.com, SteamGames.net, SteamUsers.com, and SteamUsers.net". "Our goal was not to settle out on domain names", says Andy Hodges, Excecutive Producer for GameSHOUT Radio. "Some people think that real estate on the internet is nothing. Or, are told that the space and domain is nothing." says Hodges. "Just buy what you feel and go with it. You never know, it may pay off." Andy Hodges is the Executive Producer for GameSHOUT Radio that is growing near 36 million listeners as of July 2006. Hodges was asked about September details, he stated, "We are giving away 1 million dollars in a tournament on GameSHOUT Radio. This Tournament is unique and doesn't require a full-game download. Announcements will be made by Setember 6th. The reason for September 6th is, well, I'm going on vacation and will be back on Sept 4th. Here's an opinion one of our registered members, [b]Noir_deluxe[/b], had to say: [quote]Andy Hodges has obviously lost his mind. Many of you may or may not have heard about the whole fiasco with the merger of Halflifesource.com and gameSHOUT.com, but anyways, since that time, gameSHOUT had decided to take Valve to court over something involving one of the websites GS owns. www.steamgames.com. Apparently due to the Bill statement, many people thought that this website was technical support for Valve, although I never interpreted it as such. Andy proposes he had to hire 30 more staff just to keep the website up and running, and to deal with all the people coming to the website for help. Shortly after the lawsuit for 25.5 million for damages was announced, it was subsequently announced that an agreement had been reached with Valve. Apparently this is the agreement. Valve is giving a percentage of royalties from online Steam accounts to gameSHOUT.com. Andy Hodges, who was once the owner of Halflifesource.com has bitten the hand that feeds him. GameSHOUT.com was birthed from Halfliferadio... and this is how he repays the company that basically gave him a job (although indirectly) Gameshout.com obviously bought the mentioned web domains for the express purpose of using them for financial gain from Valve. He knew that online viewers would associate them with Valve Software and Steam, and thus knew that eventually Valve would want to buy them, to protect their name. Andy, and gameSHOUT.com in general is nothing but a website of waste and despair, full of shameful individuals with nothing more than money on their mind. They have no respect for the games industry, or the companies that produce them. They seem to forget that without these companies, they would have no job, no place in this world. There is more about gameSHOUT.com however, which must be brought to light. There have been allegations of fraud in terms of member numbers on the website forums. Inflated figures, multiple user accounts, fake accounts etc. At this time, there are 3454 members approx who have posted the gameshout.com forums. Most of these are 1-3 posts. There are over 5000 members with NO POSTS AT ALL. In any case, this is odd, and I do not trust them at all. I would sincerely hope that anyone who reads this decides to boycott gameSHOUT.com When trying to reach Andy for comment, all I got in response was, "we owned you, and you got nothing, we owned you!" Oh and a bunch of this : " Right over your head! You got owned, you got nothing, we got everything." Wow. For an administrator of a website, Andy Hodges sure is quite immature. I seriously hope anyone reading this considers boycotting gameSHOUT.com [/quote] Another opinion sent in: [quote]It seems that Andy has used his title in the community that made him, for much more than providing for the community, but to turn it into a money-making scheme for his greedy self. This is totally unacceptable.[/quote] Although this article was posted on the official gameSHOUT website, it's legality is quite questioned. No such information has been officially dispatched by Valve Software and as an anonymous commentor on the said site pointed out, the [b]36 million listeners[/b] figure is quite incorrect, judging that the average listener count is 3-4,000 only. Feel free to post your comments and opinions below. Do keep the discussion clean and non-profane please. :)
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