STEAM GROUP
Anti-Consumer Practice Report ACPReport
STEAM GROUP
Anti-Consumer Practice Report ACPReport
100
IN-GAME
1,045
ONLINE
Founded
October 11, 2015
Language
English
Location
United States 
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.
POPULAR DISCUSSIONS
VIEW ALL (11)
RECENT ANNOUNCEMENTS
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?
VIEW ALL (87)
STEAM CURATOR
Anti-Consumer Practice Report reviews
"Informing consumers of companies with anti-consumer practices, such as manipulating reviews, abandoning unfinished games, not delivering promised features, or preventing Steam refunds."
Here are a few recent reviews by Anti-Consumer Practice Report
119 Comments
Horsedancingwithcrow Jul 13 @ 1:37pm 
Steam is the first one to report for anti consumer practices in its forum with their unprofessional moderators mafia.
Second is PUBG for this huge manipulation even Steam has confirmed: Go in Stats\Hardware to check this out (the famous success of PUBG is fake reality.
I want Steam to have some competition. GOG would be the best to do this. It's about games and fun, not about profit.

Anyway... since the masses are not informed this may be long journey...
Mazian Jul 10 @ 1:53pm 
I do technical writing as a subset of my job function (Solutions Architecture/EngineeR), I'm happy to help with building that guide and professionally formatting it (within the limits of the Steam markup language.)

I've looked at your pinned posts in the discussion section, if you want, friend me up and I'll be happy to work with you on putting a replacement together-- we can work out wording and everything else and then we can add the markup codes and post.

I also think it would be a good idea to make a Google Doc with screenshots-- or upload a bunch of pics as artwork to your profile and then link those screenshots from your profile so that Steam will render at least some links to those images. (Steam forums isn't a great format for making guides-- and steam guides are tied to specific products and this really isn't related to steam specifically or to a specific game. So a steam guide is sort of counter intuitive.)
timsandtoms Jul 10 @ 1:41pm 
Yeah, it... Kinda stopped for a bit. I just got distracted with IRL. I gotta get back on it. Biggest to-do is see if I can make a better guide for reporting stuff, because that's what always bothered me when doing reviews, how long it took me to properly log everything, or try to find archives of stuff. If people can snag evidence before it gets deleted, it makes my job super easy, it basically just becomes figuring out how to word the post for maximum neutrality and informativeness. Less "COMPANY IS BEING BAD AND YOU SHOULDN'T BUY BECAUSE THIS!" , more "This is the anti-consumer action that is being taken. Do with that information what you will."
Pet Goat Jul 9 @ 1:16am 
There are a number of advocacy groups specifically addressing the Early Access platform.
Mazian Jul 9 @ 12:27am 
Well, both the Admin & Moderator have been on steam today. Hopefully a little bit of conversation will encourage them to return and begin posting about games or topics.
Papa Fishy Jul 8 @ 3:44pm 
Seeing that the last major discussion was when to consider a game dead is "talk is cheap" thus every game that doesn't push updates every month is dead even if the developers are keeping people well informed.

I think this group is dead but I think there is a need out there for a strong activist group to keep early access games in check. Really steam should stepping in here to fix it and may even be doing such but vocalizing the issues of the digital store front is very important.
100
IN-GAME
1,045
ONLINE
0 IN CHAT
Enter chat room
Founded
October 11, 2015
Language
English
Location
United States