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The Quake Live website reveals that id Software's multiplayer shooter is now exclusively available on Steam, and now carries a $9.99 price tag, a surprising increase of infinity percent for what had been a free-to-play game (thanks Kotaku). This announcement does not specifically address the price jump, but it does explain the Steamworks functions that are now part of the game: "Today marks a new beginning for Quake Live. Last year we expanded our platform to Steam, and today we have retired our old launcher and services in favor of integrating a robust array of Steamworks alternatives. We are now fully utilizing Steam for Friends, Chat, Lobbies, Voice Chat, Server Browser, Statistics, Achievements, Anti-cheat, Trading Cards, and Workshop." The comments reveal a lot of discontent over this change, as players say this came without warning, and leaves players scrambling for refunds for money spent under the old business model. The announcement refers these complaints to customer support, but does not outline any established policy about how they will be handled. This is not the first time a change in policy has upset players of this online shooter, as it dropped OS X and Linux support when a standalone client was released in January 2014. Here's word on the latest changes to this reworked version of QUAKE III Arena:
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