Feb 23.2021Gaming written by Mihaela Olteanu
While trying to manipulate buyers on Steam through his Very Positive company name, a developer was banned on Steam.
The developer asked the team members behind the Emoji Evolution game to post positive feedback to further confuse potential buyers.
The operation was first discovered by the GameDiscoverCo website, when it studied the most watched games on Steam. Among the top five were Cyberpunk 2077 and a certain Emoji Evolution, a game that allows you to combine several emoji to form new emoji concepts.
A poor game due to its quality and gameplay, however, gathered 7,900 people interested in Steam and was suspected of manipulating Steam robots to increase the popularity of this game. It had only 37 positive yields and 9 negative yields.
In all likelihood, a lot of positive feedback came from the games designers, so as to compensate for the negative feedback. Even worse, as the studio behind this game of questionable quality, the company called Very Positive, this to further confuse consumers.
Asked by email about these practices, the developer replied: I knew that feedback has a huge impact on consumer choice. I decided to use these elements to my advantage.
The trick was quickly fixed by Steam, leading to a total ban on the Very Positive company and the Emoji Evolution game on the platform, despite protests from crooks.