About Steamchat

Steamchat is a fan-made podcast that hosts discussions about Valve, Steam, digital distribution, PC games and other related subjects such as the art and design of video games and other topical video game related subjects.

Steamchat was created in early June of 2009, born from the controversy of the Left 4 Dead 2 announcement at E3 of the same year. Since then, it has been maintained by the three hosts; Sam, Saurabh, and Brad. Steamchat has enjoyed considerable success in that time. In August of 2009, Steamchat hosted its first exclusive interview with Gabe Newell, co-founder and managing director of Valve Software. Staying true to its aim of supporting the community, Steamchat allowed members of the community the opportunity to forward their own questions and concerns to Newell, resulting in an entirely community-produced interview. Since then, Steamchat has published a further six community-based interviews (including another with Newell, Harry S. Robins, Marc Laidlaw, Alésia Glidewell, Ellen McLain, Jonathan Coulton and the Black Mesa mod team).

As a community-founded podcast, Steamchat has always placed high importance on community participation, of which members are welcome to join the hosts and share their thoughts and opinions on specific topics. This gave the community - everyday gamers - the opportunity to voice their opinions and concerns.

Steamchat temporarily ended in May 8th 2012 due to internal troubles, but was then relaunched just over a year later on 1st August 2013, with a new direction and change of attitude - becoming a much more laid-back podcast, but with the core values (community participation, etc.) intact.

Much of the success of Steamchat is owed to the contributions and efforts of its listeners, to which the hosts have endless appreciation for.

History

Steamchat episodes are produced in audio-only format. Episodes last for around an hour in length. New episodes are released every week, usually on Wednesdays, and are published on our website, on two RSS feeds (MP3 feed and M4A feed), on the iTunes Store and on our YouTube channel.

Episodes are structured by opening with discussions about what each of the hosts have recently been playing, then moving on to discussing listener emails and messages, after which (given time) any articles or news topics are discussed. Episodes are usually kept to a family-friendly standard, but every once in a while mature language may be used in either the quoting of others or in discussions.

Contact

We love to hear from our listeners, and have always kept our promise to read and discuss every email and message we get on the show. If you would like for us to discuss something on the show, or just want to get in touch, please feel free to contact us using the methods below: