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Steam Game Abstractism Under Fire

Abstractism launched earlier this year for Windows and Linux on Steam, offering a "trivial platformer" with a bazillion achievements, item drops, and "an ASMR soundtrack." It also features lots of negative reviews that accuse the game of secretly mining for cryptocurrency on user's machines and of offering items designed so they can be mistaken for legitimate Team Fortress 2 items. This YouTube video explores the situation, and there's a post outlining all the details about this on VG247, where they opine that this is Valve's lack of curation on Steam backfiring. Here's a bit on the counterfeit TF2 goodies:

Abstractism’s developer decided to tap into this economy by creating a number of fake items for the game, all of which can be traded and marketed on the Steam Market. The trick, as one player found out the hard way, is that they bear the name, description, and image of these desirable Team Fortress 2 items.

“I’m a pretty reputable and experienced trader but jeezz, this one guy got me pretty good,” user PoorAsianBoy said on

“There’s a game called [Abstractism] on Steam where you can get an identical version of an item like the one in Team Fortress 2.” The screenshot they shared, seen below, shows how easy it can be for unsuspecting players to fall for this scam.

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