When you read a review for the game you’ve been planning to buy, it’s hard to know who to trust. The Nerd Stash brings you reviews you can trust, but what about the curators? Steam doesn’t have moderation for the curators, which wasn’t a big problem. But an indie developer studio shared their experience with the scammers who look like curators, and the situation looks terrible. Some curators ask for free game codes, then sell them online. This is a significant threat for indie developers, but thankfully Steam took a step and started a ban wave for the curators.
A few curators with thousands of followers and hundreds of short reviews are banned now. One of your favorite curators might be on the list, and the worst part is they’re publishing negative reviews for the games they want.
‘Scammer Curators’ Are the Victims of Steam’s Ban Wave
The studios usually gift free review codes and free evaluation codes to the curators. But the scammers expect a complete access code for the game, and then they sell those codes on the websites. Indie game studio Cowcat says a few Steam curators asked for review codes for their game, Brok the InvestiGator. Then the developer sent a demo code instead of a full version, and the curator got mad about it and published a negative comment on their page.
A Reddit user shared a detailed post about the situation and mentioned a few curators doing the same scam. After that, Valve started a ban wave, and a few scammers got banned. The moderation team didn’t make an announcement about this, but this is how the situation is. It’s great to see some of them aren’t curators anymore, but it’s a known fact that they could get another Steam account and do the same thing. Valve needs to bring different gifting access codes for the developers; we hope to see that in the future.