A games developer has been banned from Steam for naming their studio ‘Very Positive’, in an attempt to mess with Steam’s review system.
As reported by Vice’s Patrick Klepek, the developer knew exactly what they were doing. The game in question, Emoji Evolution, has since been removed from Steam, along with the developer, and actually had mixed reviews. But if you glanced at the listing, you could have been forgiven for thinking it was very positive since developer and publisher names appear right below the rating.
Well, this is one way to trick people into thinking your game has positive reviews on Steam…! pic.twitter.com/jnzGC9qfEu
— Patrick Klepek (@patrickklepek) February 10, 2021
The developer, Mike, had his account revoked for ‘review manipulation’ and, while his Steam shenanigans made it into the gaming press, he reportedly didn’t make any money off them. There are, however, people on Fiverr who will review your game for a token amount, so the Steam review process isn’t manipulation-free.
Nevertheless, even if his efforts didn’t pan out, we have to applaud the sheer chutzpah of this developer. Now if you’ll excuse us, we’ve got work to do – Overwhelmingly Positive Studios isn’t going to run itself.