Steam yanks scam game from Steam Early Access

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Earth: Year 2066 has been kicked off of Steam’s Early Access programme after being accused of plagiarism, deleting negative feedback and creating fake accounts to talk up the game. The rip off title cost $19.99 on the Steam store which was deemed far too much considering how broken the game was even for an alpha.

The game was developed by Killing Day Studios, a developer with no website or regular web presence. The developer’s green-light page was written in broken English and the company seems impossible to get in contact with  leading many to believe that this was just a cash grab.

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The game launched on the 17th of April last month after being voted for the Steam store through the Green Light programme, something that has been allowing sub-par games on to Steam for a while now. Valve has said that buyers have until Monday the 19th of May to claim their refunds. Valve also said in a statement that: “On Steam, developers make their own decisions about promotion, features, pricing and publication. However, Steam does require honesty from developers in the marketing of their games.”

KitGuru Says: This is just an unfortunate sign of things to come. Valve wants to open up its platform to allow all developers to publishers to put its games on Steam, which will likely lead to more cases like this. Do you think Valve should be doing a better job of managing the quality of the games landing on Steam? It seems to be turning in to a bit of a dumping ground for Publishers at the moment.

Source: Valve, Polygon

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  • Daniel F

    As long as they refund all of these shitty games, I think it’ll be fine

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  • Chad

    Valve does need to do a better job of limiting the amount of games that are made available on Steam. I think it’s great that sites like Steam and HumbleBundle, give people the opportunities to release their games to the public in a way they wouldn’t have been able to in the past.

    However, I feel like there are way to many games made available on Steam.This Green Light project isn’t helping either. Many of the games are too similar and have now watered down the amount of unique games, making it too easy for scammers like this, to make it onto Steam. Valve should go through and do a major overhaul and start removing a larger amount of games from their list. Games that haven’t hit a certain number of purchases in a set period of time, could be a good way to go about it.

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  • Tim

    So why didn’t they do this with X Rebirth? I’m still narked about that scam. £40!!!

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  • Rene

    I stay away form Early Access games, especially those who get on STEAM through Greenlight.

    Reason is simple: You have no idea if what you pay for will even pan out. And this is not the first “disaster” to be seen there, look at how that zombie game went, even changing name of the game along the way.

    Steam has a problem in general, in that too much is thrown at the end user, but there is no real quality guarantee, so you can end up paying for a load of crap, when in fact all it would have taken was for Steam employees to test the games themselves. THAT is what Steam lacks atm.

    Besides, I’d rather wait, and stick to known publishers, that way I don’t risk being scammed all that much… hint hint ARMA….

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