Valve Crowned the Winner of March Mayhem 2014

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Valve Crowned the Winner of March Mayhem 2014

March Mayhem 2014 has come to a close. There was only one winner and fifteen losers, see how your favorite developers fared.

March Mayhem 2014 Finale 3x3

March Mayhem 2014 has drawn to a close. We asked you, the reader, to choose which developers should be involved in the competion. You gave us eight independent, and eight AAA developers to pit against each other. You then had the opportunity to make your predictions and possibly get a fancy badge and a year-long subscription to our own Publisher's Club. It was finally time for the main attraction, voting on which developer deserved to move on to the next round. You made this competition happen and for that we say "Thank you!" Ultimately it came down to Valve and Firaxis, two giants in the industry, to fight it out. This was just the culmination of weeks of tension, many had fallen but these two companies weren't going down without a fight.

In the first round, Firaxis met against Nintendo, not the easiest way to start out. This may have waylaid many other developers, but Firaxis wasn't having it as they came out on top. Nintendo did put up a fight but not enough to topple the creator of 2013's wildly popular XCOM: Enemy Within. Firaxis brought Nintendo to its knees, and then beheaded it by garnering 57% of the vote. Valve, on the other hand, met now defunct Irrational Games in the first round. This battle would have been more spectacular if only Irrational Games still existed, but alas it did not.

Round two brought Valve against the only other company in the competition to have won March Mayhem twice, BioWare. This didn't go as expected as Valve just rolled over BioWare with 65% of the vote. Many expected this to be a closer competition but Valve wanted a decisive victory against their bitter rival. Round two was not much of competition for Firaxis. They met against the creator of Saints Row, Volition. Volition had created what many considered to be the game of 2013 with Saints Row IV but that wasn't enough to defeat this contender. Firaxis defeated Volition by a healthy margin.

The third round didn't look good for Firaxis. They were against the sleeper of the competition in Lucas Pope. Pope had already defeated GameFreak and Galactic Cafe, it looked like the creator of Papers, Please was on a roll. Firaxis was the one company that said no to Lucas Pope and his impending victory. Firaxis ended up getting 60% of the vote, leaving Lucas Pope in the dust. Valve was experiencing the same in their match-up with Telltale Games. Telltale was a number one contender for a reason, their Walking Dead series and The Wolf Among Us were critically acclaimed and quite popular with the kids. Valve ended up barely defeating Telltale Games in one of the nail-biters of March Mayhem 2014.

The final round between Valve and Firaxis was a heated one. These two behemoths of the industry finally meeting up in the finals, it felt like it was meant to be. The competition was stiff but Valve came out ahead in the end. Valve has now become the one and only three-time winner of March Mayhem.

We mentioned earlier that everyone was able to create a bracket, and the top ten users that had the most correct predictions of the tournament would receive a year of Publisher's Club, and a fancy badge of honor.

Here we give you the top ten March Mayhem 2014 predictors:

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Whelp, at least this choice was different from last year right?
Oh wait.

Congrats all the same to the March Mayhem predictors.

Ah, a little disappointed as all my favourites burned out early and Valve took the crown again, but nevertheless there's always next year. I'll be waiting, and plotting >:-)

Well, I never saw this coming!

I am somewhat disappointed by the lack of flames this year, but perhaps that is for the best.

Next year...I hope to see many more interesting match-ups again.

To the surprise of absolutely nobody.

Well, at least the people who whine that Valve wins the majority of years are now technically right.

Well, this was a pleasant surprise to find during my lunch break. I won something! Woo!

Oh, man, what a shocker. Never predicted this.

Awww yuss.

And with this comes the return of the Eye Of Troy. Bigger and better.

Yeah. Go figure. Better luck next year.

Next year, if they're going to announce the winner on April the 1st, try giving the award to EA and see what happens....

Im not overly impressed with this, seeing as Valve haven't really done anything of note for a while other than continue to make Steam work. Ah well, maybe next year.

Under_your_bed:
Next year, if they're going to announce the winner on April the 1st, try giving the award to EA and see what happens....

Yes... please do this... I would cry with laughter at the probable reactions.

Well the best man (Lucas Pope) didn't win BUT I got an exceptional avatar from Caramel Frappe so I am happy.

Either way, you win this round Valve, next year we of the Papers Please shall have our vengeance.

Next year, we need to go back to 64? devs. Or however many there were back in the day.

So, Valve wins again.

The only way this outcome is going to change is if Valve is excluded from the competition.
And they SHOULD be excluded. It would make it more fair for the others.

IceForce:
So, Valve wins again.

The only way this outcome is going to change is if Valve is excluded from the competition.
And they SHOULD be excluded. It would make it more fair for the others.

Wouldn't it be better if the winner is temporary excluded from winning participating in next year's voting?

I think excluding them completely from ever competing is a bit much...

OT: Eh... At least no one got killed hurt during this year's competition...
I call that a "positive"!

FPLOON:

IceForce:
So, Valve wins again.

The only way this outcome is going to change is if Valve is excluded from the competition.
And they SHOULD be excluded. It would make it more fair for the others.

Wouldn't it be better if the winner is temporary excluded from participating in next year's voting?

That could work. At least then they'd only win every second year, instead of every year.

The problem is, this is meant to be a "developers showdown". But people aren't voting for Valve because of the games they've developed, they're voting for Valve because of Steam.

IceForce:

The problem is, this is meant to be a "developers showdown". But people aren't voting for Valve because of the games they've developed, they're voting for Valve because of Steam.

That's one hell of an assumption.

I voted for Valve[1] because of Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and the plethora of events, tournaments, and content they brought to their back-catalog of titles.

Their efforts with VR, the SteamController, SteamMachines, SteamOS, Pipeline, Steam, and other efforts were of note, but didn't factor into my vote.

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It's somewhat amusing that so many complain about Valve winning multiple times, yet I don't recall any of those same posters uttering even a peep of disapproval when Bioware won twice...

Oh well.

[1] The few times I did vote for them.

No badge for predicting the correct winner this year?

praised be the mighty one, saviour of video games

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IceForce:

FPLOON:

IceForce:
So, Valve wins again.

The only way this outcome is going to change is if Valve is excluded from the competition.
And they SHOULD be excluded. It would make it more fair for the others.

Wouldn't it be better if the winner is temporary excluded from participating in next year's voting?

That could work. At least then they'd only win every second year, instead of every year.

The problem is, this is meant to be a "developers showdown". But people aren't voting for Valve because of the games they've developed, they're voting for Valve because of Steam.

pffffff

1) they still DEVELOPED steam

2) for me personally

HL2: favorite FPS of all time, 3rd favorite game of all time

TF2: favorite online FPS of all time, 7th favorite game of all time

Portal 2: one of my favorite puzzle games of all time also one of my favorite coop games of all time

Left 4 Dead 2: fantastic coop game

not counting Dota 2 or HL1 (which i played WAAAAYYY after it was released) i dont think there has been a single Valve game i havent enjoyed, ive even had some good moments with Counter Strike, despite the fact i die first way too often, still have to get me Global Offensive

NuclearKangaroo:

pffffff

1) they still DEVELOPED steam

2) for me personally

HL2: favorite FPS of all time, 3rd favorite game of all time

TF2: favorite online FPS of all time, 7th favorite game of all time

Portal 2: one of my favorite puzzle games of all time also one of my favorite coop games of all time

Left 4 Dead 2: fantastic coop game

not counting Dota 2 or HL1 (which i played WAAAAYYY after it was released) i dont think there has been a single Valve game i havent enjoyed, ive even had some good moments with Counter Strike, despite the fact i die first way too often, still have to get me Global Offensive

Last time I checked this was March Mayhem 2014, not March Mayhem 2000-2014. Only things made this year (should) count, and all Valve "made" this year was a copy-paste of DOTA stuffed with Hats and changed just enough that they can't be sued.

I propose next years March Mayhem include some Chinese rip-offs. If DOTA2 is a legit entry, so are they.

Aeshi:

NuclearKangaroo:

pffffff

1) they still DEVELOPED steam

2) for me personally

HL2: favorite FPS of all time, 3rd favorite game of all time

TF2: favorite online FPS of all time, 7th favorite game of all time

Portal 2: one of my favorite puzzle games of all time also one of my favorite coop games of all time

Left 4 Dead 2: fantastic coop game

not counting Dota 2 or HL1 (which i played WAAAAYYY after it was released) i dont think there has been a single Valve game i havent enjoyed, ive even had some good moments with Counter Strike, despite the fact i die first way too often, still have to get me Global Offensive

Last time I checked this was March Mayhem 2014, not March Mayhem 2000-2014. Only things made this year (should) count, and all Valve "made" this year was a copy-paste of DOTA stuffed with Hats and changed just enough that they can't be sued.

I propose next years March Mayhem include some Chinese rip-offs. If DOTA2 is a legit entry, so are they.

oh yeah absolutely only developers who've games in the last 3 months should enter

also its a sequel to dota, why should it be completely different? but just ot get this out of the way

http://dota2.gamepedia.com/Changes_from_DotA#Fog_of_War_Changes

Aeshi:

NuclearKangaroo:

pffffff

1) they still DEVELOPED steam

2) for me personally

HL2: favorite FPS of all time, 3rd favorite game of all time

TF2: favorite online FPS of all time, 7th favorite game of all time

Portal 2: one of my favorite puzzle games of all time also one of my favorite coop games of all time

Left 4 Dead 2: fantastic coop game

not counting Dota 2 or HL1 (which i played WAAAAYYY after it was released) i dont think there has been a single Valve game i havent enjoyed, ive even had some good moments with Counter Strike, despite the fact i die first way too often, still have to get me Global Offensive

Last time I checked this was March Mayhem 2014, not March Mayhem 2000-2014. Only things made this year (should) count, and all Valve "made" this year was a copy-paste of DOTA stuffed with Hats and changed just enough that they can't be sued.

I propose next years March Mayhem include some Chinese rip-offs. If DOTA2 is a legit entry, so are they.

Uh.. DOTA 2 is a direct sequel from the people who made the original DOTA, it is as legit as you can get. So I don't know what you are on about.

NuclearKangaroo:
oh yeah absolutely only developers who've games in the last 3 months should enter

*12* months.
A developer has to have released a game within the last 12 months, to be eligible to enter. That was actually how the developers were chosen for this.

So, if you're voting for something a developer has done in years past, you're voting wrong. It's as simple as that.

I like Valve, but this is just getting ridiculous and it happens every year.

You can say all you want, but Valve to me has become just the guys who run Steam and not a developer anymore. They really need to stop doing the "Blizzard route" and just release sequels of their games and make something new for a change if they still want to keep their "dev card" in my opinion.

Rules should be changed for next year that's for sure, else it's rather pointless to even vote for the other developers if the Valve fans will always flock and vote for them year after year.

Lord GabeN won as he should. The actual interesting thing here was that Firaxis got into second place beating everyone else at it. I totaly didnt expect that one.

IceForce:
So, if you're voting for something a developer has done in years past, you're voting wrong. It's as simple as that.

DarkhoIlow:
Rules should be changed for next year that's for sure, else it's rather pointless to even vote for the other developers if the Valve fans will always flock and vote for them year after year.

No they are not. There are no rules. You vote for whoever you want. period.

Laggyteabag:
Im not overly impressed with this, seeing as Valve haven't really done anything of note for a while other than continue to make Steam work. Ah well, maybe next year.

How dare you!

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Those TF2 hats were worth more then all the games in the world. Filthy heathen.

No but seriously I just pretend that the second place is the real winner and valve doesn't exist in this competition.

Strazdas:
Lord GabeN won as he should. The actual interesting thing here was that Firaxis got into second place beating everyone else at it. I totaly didnt expect that one.

IceForce:
So, if you're voting for something a developer has done in years past, you're voting wrong. It's as simple as that.

DarkhoIlow:
Rules should be changed for next year that's for sure, else it's rather pointless to even vote for the other developers if the Valve fans will always flock and vote for them year after year.

No they are not. There are no rules. You vote for whoever you want. period.

While that true i think what they are saying that the spirit of the competition was to vote for devs who produced games in 2014 and only take into consideration the games made in 2014.

Darks63:
While that true i think what they are saying that the spirit of the competition was to vote for devs who produced games in 2014 and only take into consideration the games made in 2014.

They think it is, yes. They are wrong. People are to vote for whatever they want. there is no obligation to take time into consideration.

DarkhoIlow:
I like Valve, but this is just getting ridiculous and it happens every year.

You can say all you want, but Valve to me has become just the guys who run Steam and not a developer anymore. They really need to stop doing the "Blizzard route" and just release sequels of their games and make something new for a change if they still want to keep their "dev card" in my opinion.

Rules should be changed for next year that's for sure, else it's rather pointless to even vote for the other developers if the Valve fans will always flock and vote for them year after year.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valve_Corporation#Games

valve has released atleast 1 game every year for the last 10 years, they are the definition of dev, it doesnt matter if they arent developing that sequel to a franchise everybody loves

personally id rather wait until valve feels confortable with a sequel than force it to rush it, i wouldnt want HL3/HL2:EP3 to become what Mass Effect 3 became for Mass Effect fans, no matter how much i have to wait! (tough id like to see the conclusion of HL2 within my lifetime of course)

TopazFusion:
A fair few anti-Valve comments here.

If Valve are as disliked as some of the comments here would seem to suggest, why do they keep winning?
The comments here don't seem to match up with the votes.

i think people as just bitter because Valve always wins at everything

in my opinion if people want things to change, they should encourage all the other devs to stop being such tiny baby men and start making fantastic games, redefine the narrative structure of games forever, evolve the multiplayer scene of gaming constantly, establish stupidly fantastic pro-customer policies and create one of the first and to this day best digital distribution platforms around

Ahh... this must be because of the incredible game Valve developed in the past year that everyone's still talking about.

Oh wait, no it's just because they have an army of ridiculous fanboys who would rather the studio never developed anything except a sales platform and some fucking hats for fear of tainting something that was massively over-rated in the first place. Yes, fuck you too, swamp section.

Gamer culture used to mean something positive, something progressive that even those of us who've grown up with it into middle age could be proud of. Now it just means being a child too closed-minded and insecure to open their eyes to new things. This is why we get sequels from established companies all the time. This is why studios play it safer and safer. Grow up.

Darks63:
While that true i think what they are saying that the spirit of the competition was to vote for devs who produced games in 2014 and only take into consideration the games made in 2014.

It would make more sense to me, but it was very clear before voting that we were choosing the devs we liked the most, not because of what they have done lately. Actually, that wouldn't make sense because that type of competition should wait till the end of 2014.

And to all those people complaining, c'mon, I'm sure there are websites where the other devs usually win, and Valve does still deserve some love after all they've done.

VulakAerr:
Ahh... this must be because of the incredible game Valve developed in the past year that everyone's still talking about.

Yes, probably. That would be the game that had overwhelmingly positive reviews, won multiple awards, has millions of people playing it every month, and constantly breaks its own records for having the most people playing through Steam (which, as noted in Shamus' recent article, is the single biggest active gaming platform) at the same time.

It's fine to like DotA 2 yourself; personally I have absolutely no interest in the genre and have never even looked at that particular game. But it's simply ridiculous to pretend either that it doesn't exist, or that it's not insanely popular.

Actually won something, :) Well, guessed correctly. Although honestly dont think Valve should of won. Maybe if they made HL3 they would deserve to win.

DrStrangelove:
Valve Crowned the Winner of March Mayhem 2014

March Mayhem 2014 has come to a close. There was only one winner and fifteen losers, see how your favorite developers fared.

March Mayhem 2014 Finale 3x3

March Mayhem 2014 has drawn to a close. We asked you, the reader, to choose which developers should be involved in the competion. You gave us eight independent, and eight AAA developers to pit against each other. You then had the opportunity to make your predictions and possibly get a fancy badge and a year-long subscription to our own Publisher's Club. It was finally time for the main attraction, voting on which developer deserved to move on to the next round. You made this competition happen and for that we say "Thank you!" Ultimately it came down to Valve and Firaxis, two giants in the industry, to fight it out. This was just the culmination of weeks of tension, many had fallen but these two companies weren't going down without a fight.

In the first round, Firaxis met against Nintendo, not the easiest way to start out. This may have waylaid many other developers, but Firaxis wasn't having it as they came out on top. Nintendo did put up a fight but not enough to topple the creator of 2013's wildly popular XCOM: Enemy Within. Firaxis brought Nintendo to its knees, and then beheaded it by garnering 57% of the vote. Valve, on the other hand, met now defunct Irrational Games in the first round. This battle would have been more spectacular if only Irrational Games still existed, but alas it did not.

Round two brought Valve against the only other company in the competition to have won March Mayhem twice, BioWare. This didn't go as expected as Valve just rolled over BioWare with 65% of the vote. Many expected this to be a closer competition but Valve wanted a decisive victory against their bitter rival. Round two was not much of competition for Firaxis. They met against the creator of Saints Row, Volition. Volition had created what many considered to be the game of 2013 with Saints Row IV but that wasn't enough to defeat this contender. Firaxis defeated Volition by a healthy margin.

The third round didn't look good for Firaxis. They were against the sleeper of the competition in Lucas Pope. Pope had already defeated GameFreak and Galactic Cafe, it looked like the creator of Papers, Please was on a roll. Firaxis was the one company that said no to Lucas Pope and his impending victory. Firaxis ended up getting 60% of the vote, leaving Lucas Pope in the dust. Valve was experiencing the same in their match-up with Telltale Games. Telltale was a number one contender for a reason, their Walking Dead series and The Wolf Among Us were critically acclaimed and quite popular with the kids. Valve ended up barely defeating Telltale Games in one of the nail-biters of March Mayhem 2014.

The final round between Valve and Firaxis was a heated one. These two behemoths of the industry finally meeting up in the finals, it felt like it was meant to be. The competition was stiff but Valve came out ahead in the end. Valve has now become the one and only three-time winner of March Mayhem.

We mentioned earlier that everyone was able to create a bracket, and the top ten users that had the most correct predictions of the tournament would receive a year of Publisher's Club, and a fancy badge of honor.

Here we give you the top ten March Mayhem 2014 predictors:

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