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ABOUT Anti-Consumer Practice Report

Warning you about anti-consumer practices in the Steam store.

Please make sure to go to the Curator tab and click the "Follow this Curator" button. Joining the group will not make the recommendations show up on store pages.

I made this group so I could become a Steam Curator and report on anti-consumer practices, such as manipulating reviews, abandoning unfinished games, not delivering promised features, preventing Steam refunds, and other such problems with the Steam store. This is not meant to be a list of games that you should under no circumstance buy, but rather, it's meant to be a tool to give you information you need to make an informed decision, and determine if getting a game is worth supporting anti-consumer practices.

Want to report a game? Post about the game in the forum, explain why it should be on the list, and link as much evidence as possible. Don't suggest a game in the comments on the group page or as a response to a review, because there's a good chance I'll miss it.
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RE: When should we consider a game abandoned?
  • Public development appears stalled, with no updates between July 1st, 2016 and December 31st, 2016. Staff remain active in the community.
  • Public development appears stalled, with no updates from 2016-06-01 to 2016-12-31. Private branches still being updated, and staff are still active.
  • Public development appears stalled, with no updates between 2016-06-01 and 2016-12-31, although private branches are still receiving development.
  • Game is seemingly abandoned, having had no information from devs or game updates between July 1st, 2016 and December 31st, 2016.
  • Game is effectively abandoned, having not received any public updates between 2016-06-01 and 2016-12-31, despite active staff and private branch.


Please note that when I say active in the community, I'm only referring to Steam. If a staff member for a developer/publisher is posting news on the games page, or on the games forums, that would count, but if they're only posting on their Twitter and Facebook pages, and those pages aren't listed in recent news posts or stickied on the forum, I'm not going to factor that in. If the game is being sold on Steam, it's the companies responsibility to make information available to the Steam users, not the users responsibility to try to hunt down the devs to find available info.

So, what do you guys think? Is this a good way to handle the situation, or is there a better way to do it? As usual, please vote on the poll!
http://www.strawpoll.me/11250510/




P.S. As I mentioned last post, we're coming up on a season that tends to have multiple Steam sales, which is a time that the information this group provides could really help people out! If you know of anyone who you think might appreciate a heads up, please link them to the curator page! If everyone who followed the curator page told one friend about us, we would move from page #12 of the top curators to within the first 10 pages! The less pages people have to dig through when looking for new curators to follow, the more likely they are to find us organically rather than just by word of mouth!

When should we consider a game abandoned?
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"Informing consumers of companies with anti-consumer practices, such as manipulating reviews, abandoning unfinished games, not delivering promised features, or preventing Steam refunds."
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Fomin Apr 28 @ 6:09pm 
Humble Bundle now sets charitable donations by default to 5% and caps them at 15%.

Or to put it another way, if you spend $20 on a bundle, the default you will give to charity is $1 and the most you can give is $3.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pW6vURpuaEo

If you feel like donating to charity, just donate to charity.

https://www.worldvision.org/sponsor-a-child
In Memory Jan 6 @ 6:10pm 
rip this group
Chipz Mar 17, 2020 @ 4:37am 
was looking at free to play and saw War Planet Online: Global Conquest on top selling cuz it looked like it might be an rts but when i went to check the reviews i had a lot of issues getting to see the reviews. more on that at the bottom. anyways when i figured out how to see the reviews a lot of them were about how if you buy stuff in the game it signs you up for a "monthly service" of getting items in game and then proceeds to charge this fee every day over and over. anyways again this is second hand from some reviews thought maybe this would be a good place to post this cuz idk what i can do about it just hoping someone on here can get the word out & look into it cuz i don't want that on my computer.


steam kept telling me that it was empty when the store page said it had 333 mixed reviews. probably just a bug on steam but struck me as odd as iv never had this issue before & other games worked fine at the same time.
Pappagiorgio Oct 24, 2019 @ 4:13pm 
Abandoned Early Access title being sold like complete software

https://steamcommunity.com/app/588210/eventcomments/2733047810449451550?ctp=11

Valve/Steam should be investigated by authorities, they continue to allow this shams because they profit from it. PARTNERS IN CRIME!
Fomin Sep 12, 2019 @ 7:24am 
UK Officials Say Loot Boxes Are Gambling In Damning Report

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIvHMcT-3e0
GamingResearcher10 Jul 30, 2019 @ 4:32pm 
@Veles, Keeper of the Underworld Forgot about that one as well. Least those 2 are still delivering a similar service this group once did.
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