Valve Hopes to Tackle ‘Fake Games’ on Steam

Valve Hopes to Tackle ‘Fake Games’ on Steam

Valve is looking to shake up how games are surfaced on their digital storefront Steam. YouTube personalities Jim Sterling and TotalBiscuit recently visited Valve to get a rundown on the changes that will be arriving.

Following on from the announcement of Steam Direct – a service that will replace Greenlight, allowing smaller developers to publish their games for a fee – Valve is also looking to change the underlying algorithms that determine what games are made visible. Titles that are of low quality or re-use premade assets (what the company calls “fake games”) are the primary targets.

To mitigate the chances of good games producing false positives, Valve is also introducing the Steam Explorers program. As Kotaku reports, Explorers will play through poorly selling games and flag them if they enjoy it. If enough Explorers upvote a game, the algorithms will adjust accordingly.

It’s important to note that these Explorers aren’t paid employees. Similar to Steam Curators (a system which allows groups to recommend games), anyone can become an Explorer.

Other changes are also coming:

  • Curators will receive new publishing tools (embedded videos, lists), and will be able to receive review keys from publishers through Steam directly. Curators will also have more data surfaced to them, like being able to see how much their coverage affect games’ sales.
  • Trading cards are being overhauled, due to “fake games” making the bulk of their money off the system.
  • More data will be surfaced for players. They’ll be told why a game is being targeted at them, and the number of impressions that a store page is receiving.

What do you think of these changes? Let us know in the comments below!


Relevant Articles


Comments Comments (3)

Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Tuesday 4 Apr 2017 5:48 PM
I've watched both of their videos, i think Steam surfaces*recommends the games that i want the most, other than top bought games of course.
Posted by Paorio
On Wednesday 5 Apr 2017 5:19 PM
I've gone to far in with my steam queue all I get is random crap and new releases
Posted by dsinnz
On Thursday 6 Apr 2017 6:38 AM
hopefully PSN follows suit!