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Valve Starts New Reward Scheme Which Pays Hackers to Identify Exploits and Vulnerabilities

Published: 10/May/2018 12:58 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:51

by Ross Deason


Valve have rolled out a new bounty scheme which will reward people that find and report any security exploits in their various services and networks with cash.

Sometimes referred to as “bug bounties”, security schemes that reward “ethical hackers” with cash have proven to be successful for numerous big companies in recent years.

When we say big, we mean big, Everyone from Google to Apple has started to run similar programs which attempt to stop hackers from leaking information elsewhere by offering a cash incentive if the hacker follows their guidelines and only reports exploits to them.

Believe it or not these bug bounties have proven to be extremely successful and now Valve have decided to throw their hat into the ring with a number of different rewards available depending on the severity of the exploit.

Valve are using HackerOne for the new bount scheme and say “We are running this HackerOne bounty program to reward researchers for identifying potential vulnerabilities.”

The various rewards for exploits range from $200 to $3,000 and can come from any of the domains or services listed in the scope below.


The current scope is limited to the domains and pieces of software listed here:

  •,,,,,, and sub-domains, excluding domains explicitly removed in the scope section below
  • Steam Client for Windows, Mac and Linux
  • Steam command line utility (SteamCMD)
  • SteamOS
  • Steamworks SDK
  • Steam mobile app on iOS and Android
  • Steam Servers
  • Valve game titles
  • Multiplayer and in-game economy aspects of Valve game titles and dedicated game servers

Please note that game bugs, glitches or gameplay exploits are not part of the bug bounty program, but can still be submitted on our Support site.

No authorization is given to test any other web applications, game titles or mobile applications. No bounties will be given for any disclosures relating to any applications outside the scope of this program.

It will be interesting to keep an eye on the HackerOne page and see just how many exploits are found and fixed in the coming months.

According to the website, over $100,000 has already been paid out and 39 hackers have already been “thanked” (which presumably means they identified an exploit).

The payout table can be found below.


Rapper Swae Lee invests in XSET org founded by former FaZe executives

Published: 28/Oct/2020 18:28

by Adam Fitch


The rapper, who’s half of hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd, has invested an undisclosed sum in recently-launched organization XSET.

Launched by former executives at FaZe Clan, XSET pride themselves on diversity and being free of the “frat house culture” present in other organizations.

Swae Lee initially told Rolling Stone that he had invested eight-figures in XSET, though the organization later explained that that wasn’t the case but didn’t disclose a solid figure.

The rapper and XSET members gathered at the Triller house on October 22 to celebrate the launch of his latest single, prior to announcing his official involvement. As you’d perhaps expect, they played games live on the org’s Twitch channel.

XSET Swae Lee Single Launch
XSET helped Swae Lee celebrate his new single.

The report states that further deals with recording artists are in the works, as well as with athletes, and are due to be announced in the coming months.

“I always wanted to be on what’s next. There’s a network of people like myself who want to bring simple access for fans,” Swae Lee said regarding his decision to invest.

“XSET, FaZe, they have fans who like to do the same things I like to do, sit at home on a game and be lazy. I want to help make a huge network for all the kids to enjoy gaming, talk about life, talk smack to each other, get merch and have first-person access to rappers.”

Following FaZe Clan initiating president Greg Selkoe’s exit in January 2020, he and a couple of colleagues launched XSET in July. Serving as the CEO, he’s joined by vice president of apparel, Wil Eddins, and vice president of business development, Clinton Sparks.

Rappers and esports organizations have been coming together for quite some time now. Notable moves include Drake with 100 Thieves, Wiz Khalifa with Pittsburgh Knights, Pusha T and Logic with Chaos EC, and Offset with FaZe Clan.