- Steam is known to have a lot of shovelware games and a lack of quality control.
- They recently deleted 1000 different games for abusing certain Steamworks tools.
- Valve hasn’t done enough to provide Steam with decent quality control.
Steam has a bit of a shovelware problem. Current statistics put the number of games released in the store at around 25 a day. This presents numerous problems, but the most obvious one is that there is a lot of trash on Steam now. It is seriously hard to find a decent game these days.
Valve has infamously failed to perform any sort of quality control on Steam in the past. Recently they bucked that trend by banning 1000 games from the store in one go. The games in question were apparently ‘abusing Steamworks’, which is a good reason to ban games. The only thing Valve needs to do now is keep the momentum going, because this banning is nowhere near enough.
Valve’s Big Ban Sweep
According to PC Gamer Valve banned these games for abusing Steamwork tools in some way. It was also made clear that these bannings were to do with the actions of the publishers and not the developers. Since Valve tends to use a shotgun instead of a rifle with these sorts of things, some indie developers have been adversely affected.
As for why they suddenly decided to do this now? Well, it’s sort of a mystery. They’ve been ignoring terrible behavior on Steam for years now so their timing does seem sort of random. Possibly it has something to do with the upcoming release of Half-Life Alyx, but that’s a massive guess for the moment.
Valve Hasn’t Gone Far Enough
This banning of ‘abusive’ games is a great first step, but if Valve really wants Steam to continue to be relevant they need to keep it up. There are so many games on the storefront that are scammy in some way that Valve has done nothing about. Not to mentioned…