Reddit user thomasthe1st
, that Valve has banned almost 1000 titles from
, pointing the way to a
Tracker on a Steam Tracking Website
for details on the removals.
has a follow up on this with more details on what happened:
after our story went up, developer Alexandra Frock noted
that "a good chunk" of the removed games were linked to a single Russian
publisher, Dagestan Technology, that appeared to be operating under a large
number of different names. Selecting "related apps" for individual listings of
reveals how they're connected:
Sly Pigs, for instance, is five steps removed from Running Sausage, but only
two from BattleStar Mazay.
It's a bit like a Steam version of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon: Some of the
connections in the "related games" lists aren't immediately obvious, but the
steps do lead from one point to the next, and Frock appears to be onto
cached version of the Dagestan Technology Steam Curator page lists 48 games
and 4 DLCs, but the
live page is now empty.
Valve didn't reveal any specifics on involved companies or their transgressions,
but it did indirectly confirm that Dagestan wasn't the only publisher involved,
saying that the removals were the result of bad behavior on the part of multiple
publishers. "We recently discovered a handful of partners that were abusing some
Steamworks tools," a rep explained. "We emailed all the affected