Steam is undoubtedly the go-to platform for PC gamers. Uploaded by the company Valve in September 2003, 18 years later the same company still runs the same platform with obviously much more content and users.
In addition to being able to buy PC games, Steam also allows you to get an opinion on a particular game. The Steam community is very active and leaves ratings for games to inform future users about their experience.
These ratings then form an average that Steam can translate to “Very positive” if so, or vice versa. As with most such platforms, top rated content is more likely to be featured.
“Very Positive” is not a name that fits Valve rules
This, a developer understood perfectly. First of all it is important to clarify that the color code and the appearance of the review are similar to the name of the company that developed the content. Because of this, a developer tried to promote his games quickly decided to call himself “Very Positive”, in French “Très positives”.
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
Even though this ploy was well thought out and completely respectful of the rules of the platform, Valve made the decision to ban this developer. The reason communicated by Valve is the manipulation of ratings, and deception of users.
The developer “Very Positive” sought in particular to promote his game Emoji Evolution. Mike, the name of the person who calls himself “Very Positive” on Steam, finds Valve’s decision unacceptable. In no way did he use bots to boost his ratings, he simply exploited a design flaw that Valve should admit, in an attempt to publicize his game, and it worked.