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Elliott Griffiths
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Valve make a lot of money.

As their biggest and best newsletter, we believe that we’ve earned a few percent. That’s a different conversation though.

However many cases you thought were opened each month, it’s almost certainly a hell of a lot more. At least it was for us - probably 20x what we thought. At least as long as a Redditor is correct, for once.

u/Fjedjik - a name that we’re almost certainly pronouncing wrong even while just typing it out - reckons that Valve are seeing players open 20 MILLION cases opened per month. Given they own Steam, there’s no cut being taken out of the $2,50 key price, and so they’re raking it in.

And yet we still get half-arsed operation missions and a Major prize pool 1/20th of what DOTA gets for the International.

In retrospect, that might hurt our chances of getting a cut.

At a couple of euros a pop, we’ve crunched the numbers, and that’s a truckload of moolah. A boatload of Benjamins. Loads o’ money. Honestly, we’d take 1% of €40m a month — it would help pay for napz’ event expenses. About half of it.

We can’t help but feel a little cheated. Yes, Anubis and Ancient have been welcome additions, but it’s always felt like Valve would throw us a bone to keep us occupied and then leave us with the babysitter.

All the while, Counter-Strike is making them an incredible amount of money. The A1-S was overpowered for like a year! For €480m a year we could fix the UK government, never mind this silly little game.

Alright, maybe that’s a stretch. Nothing could fix the UK government.

February 5, 2023

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