Steam: Rails to Riches

Steam: Rails to Riches

Regarding Acram

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Sillyrabbi May 11 @ 10:11pm 
Totally the right move.

Just sucks for me because I finally got around to playing it and now I want to get some of the DLC and play on a new map. :(
Dr. Mantis Toboggan, M.D. May 11 @ 10:30am 
To the folks suggesting removing the reviews as the sole punishment -- that's not a punishment! There's no disincentive to prevent others, or even Acram, from doing it again.

That's like the punishment for getting caught stealing is having to give the stuff back.
M8Lordz May 10 @ 8:24pm 
Is there away to still buy the games and add to steam
AtomicWoodchuck May 9 @ 5:59am 
Good riddance. Having been harrassed after leaving a negative review (comments have now been edited) and seen all of the sly fake reviews attempting to big up the product and deceive customers, they certainly showed their true colours, and definitely had it coming.

Good to see Valve taking action to clean up Steam, and prevent lowlifes like this from attempting to con users and scam the rating system.
Ryuu May 8 @ 8:35am 
Developers can and should leave responses(i don't mean comments, separate feature) to reviews. Even IF it doesn't change the reviewer's opinion it's fine because that answer would be highly visible to anyone glancing at reviews, so they would at least know that the review is incorrect or outdated.
LearnersPermit May 8 @ 8:15am 
I can empathize with Grzegorz' frustrations. I'm sure he and his team put a ton of work into their products, and reading reviews that you know contains incorrect info must surely be infuriating. Yet what he did was JUST PLAIN WRONG. It absolutely shouldn't be allowed. But I agree with someone else who posted that a more appropriate punishment would have been to pull those reviews Steam knew were fake.

There aren't enough PC versions of good board games, mainly because the sales don't justify the expenses. Kicking off one of the few excellent companies developing PC versions (I have and love Eight Minute Empires & Steam) will only lesson the chances of more great board games in the future. It's lose - lose for everyone involved. Yeah, ultimately, it's Grzegorz' fault. Unless there's more to the story than we've heard (e.g., this isn't the first time it's happened, and he had been warned before), I don't think Steam was right to kick off Acram.
grzes19 May 8 @ 7:18am 
Dear Players,

You are right. I'm guilty. It came from my frustration of few bad, unfair reviews on Valve's Steam only. It was stupid action, not something planned. This is my individual, bad behavior, not the team, so I would like to blame me, not the devs. It's a lesson for the rest of my life and it will not happen again, ever.

We have NEVER paid for any positive reviews. It was only my 6 fake accounts on Steam, done in amateur way, from the same computer, the same method of payment, the same IP. I was very frustrated.

We have great developers, passionate in board games. They work very hard to deliver quality games. We listen to the players and we have implemented the features they asked for.

We have sent the email to Valve regarding this issue and we are waiting for the answer.

Blame me, not the devs please.

I'm very sorry,
Grzegorz Kubas
A Fluffy Cloud May 8 @ 5:49am 
Isn't Acram Digital free to sell their Windows games anywhere else? Can't they use their own digital store to continue to sell their products? Steam is not the internet and the internet is not Steam. Just because Steam is a very large channel for games doesn't mean it's the only shop in town.

How many of you have Fortnite or Overwatch? There are other ways to purchase games and get them onto your computer. Valve has a VERY well known policy against review manipulation. The same policies exist against blatant false reviews on Amazon or brigading on Reddit. How is this any different?
Doctor Fudge May 3 @ 5:12am 
They knew the rules, and the law. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. They have nobody but themselves to blame. Plus the games are on Android anyway, not like you can't get them anymore.

As for consumers "not having a voice", I'm not sure what you think consumers are owed in this situation. You aren't entitled to have access to things the store chooses not to sell, and you're not entitled to dictate what they can or can't sell. Owners haven't had their licenses revoked and they're the only ones entitled to anything out of this.

What about the consumers that were deliberately misled by the duplicitous and illegal actions of these developers? I'm more worried about them than I am about people that might have potentially wanted these games.
Ryuu May 3 @ 4:22am 
But i don't think American Federal Trade Commission insists on banning those companies and games in that games. I don't like losing semi-decent games on Steam while garbage fake games run galore. Can't Valve be a bit less strict and lower the punishment? Why their consumers don't have a voice on that matter? I wish those devs got a second chance or something.