Right here at Ars, we have lined Valve banning Steam sport builders for all the things from sexual content material and gratuitous ultraviolence to ill-defined “trolling.” However we have by no means seen a case the place a developer received kicked off of Steam simply due to its (non-infringing) identify.
That is simply what occurred to Emoji Evolution developer Very Optimistic, which stated on Twitter Saturday that its developer account had been banned for “overview manipulations.” Not like different distinguished examples of Steam user-review manipulation, although, Very Optimistic did not do something to unduly skew the critiques gamers posted for its video games.
As a substitute, Very Optimistic exploited a vagary of the Steam retailer’s person interface. That interface shows a sport’s developer and writer identify in the identical font, colour, and basic space because the written abstract of the sport’s total person overview abstract (e.g., “Overwhelmingly Optimistic,” “Blended,” “Largely Adverse,” and many others.) Thus, it was arduous for customers to differentiate at a look that the “Very Optimistic” developer identify wasn’t an correct abstract of Emoji Evolution‘s precise person critiques (which ranged from “Blended” to “Largely Optimistic” in line with screenshots).
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