R'lyeh Game, kineski programer, bio je trajno zabranjen od Steama i njihovih igara Ljubavni pucaj i PaPaPub, Valve je zabranio naslove i izdavača na temelju toga što su manipulirali sustavom pregleda. Napravili smo članak opisuju neke od sumnjivih računa to je moglo dovesti do zabrane, ali nije bilo konačnog dokaza da R'lyeh Game ima bilo kakve veze sa sumnjivim računima niti bilo kakvog stvarnog dokaza manipulacije, a Valve ih nije ponudio. Ipak, R'lyeh Game odgovorio je na optužbe objavom na blogu, ističući da nisu manipulirali sustavom pregleda i da na temelju trenutnih trendova zabrane anime i vizualnih novih igara vjeruju da ih je Valve dao za azijske programere .
“We have find it hard to accept Steam’s “manipulating a large number of accounts to positively evaluate our products” as the justification for the act of banning us.”
“Možda je dio korisnika STEAM-a istaknuo nekoliko sumnjivih računa, kupio samo naše igre ili kupio mali broj igara, ali nam je ostavio samo pozitivnu ocjenu. PaPaPub i LoveShoot također su primili mnogo komentara koji su nam ostavili lošu ocjenu.
They also state that if they had been manipulating the reviews the results wouldn’t have been “mixed” or “negative”, writing…
“Zainteresirani korisnici Parne tehnologije mogu sami pogledati ocjenu dva proizvoda [i provjeriti recenzije].
“This does not prove that we are manipulating a large number of accounts to positively evaluate ourselves, at least if we really were “manipulating the evaluation” then the final outcome before the ban would assuredly not be ‘mixed reviews’!”
“Thus, as a result, we have reason to believe that we have become a victim of Steam’s policy change, or possibly a sacrificial victim of ‘Steam’s China process’
“Steam’s so-called amicable treatment of individual developers is a complete and total joke.”
R’lyeh Game proceeded to deliver the receipts of their exchange with various employees at Valve.
In one exchange that started on February 5th, 2019, R’lyeh Game asked about when Valve would finish reviewing the DLC version of PaPaPub because there was nothing in the documentation about reviewing DLC content. Valve’s Zac responded on February 7th, 2019 by saying…
“Hey, thanks for reaching out. Any games with adult sexual content or other content that might be illegal in some territories, will take much longer to review. We’ll send feedback or approval as soon as it’s available. I don’t have a specific estimate to share at this time, sorry. Thanks for your patience!”
R’lyeh Game responded on February 12th, 2019 by saying that they wanted a time frame on the review process so they could prepare an advertising and marketing campaign, and it would be difficult to organize a marketing campaign without a time frame.
Valve’s Tanya responded on February 13th, 2019 by saying that they had no guidance on a timeline for when the product would be reviewed.
On February 26th, 2019 R’lyeh Game asked again about the evaluation of the content, saying that it had been a month since they submitted the content on January 25th, 2019, and if there was a time frame on when the content would reviewed. Valve’s Zac responded by saying they didn’t have an estimate to share and that they were reviewing the product as quickly as they could.
On Veljače 27th, 2019, R’lyeh Game and their titles were banned from Steam.
On February 28th, 2019, a day after Jason Ruymen, the software product release manager, announced that R’lyeh Game and PurpleAir were both banned from Steam, R’lyeh Game inquired as to why they were banned from Steam and why their products were removed.
They argued that they didn’t engage in any kind of review manipulation.
What’s interesting here is that they were asking for more proof of their manipulation of the Steam review system, which was something that other gamers inquired of Jason Ruymen as well, since many gamers felt that the bans for these developers was suspicious.
However, Valve’s Tony responded by saying…
„Otkrili smo da su vaši računi aktivno sudjelovali u manipulaciji pregledima na vašoj igri i drugima. Ova vrsta ponašanja protivi se Steam pretplatničkom sporazumu, partnerskim ugovorima i pravilima Steam Online Conduct; kao takav vaš će račun ostati trajno ograničen.
"Budući da nemamo drugih informacija o ovoj temi, vaša će ulaznica biti zatvorena."
R’lyeh Game mentioned in their blog post on the website that they would be willing to hand over IP addresses from their computer equipment and hardware information to prove that they did not engage in any kind of review manipulation.
They went on to say…
“Ponašanje otvorene platforme ove veličine, posebno platforme ove veličine za sve vrste igara, ovaj način rukovanja sadržajem je neprihvatljivo. Ovo je prilično teška situacija; sumnjamo da Steam drži diskriminirajuće poglede protiv određenih vrsta igara, ili je Steam sklon preziru prema određenim vrstama nezavisnih razvijatelja. "
To je bila uigrana zavjera mnogih igrača, a neki nezavisni razvojni programeri, od kojih su većina bili japanski ili kineski, Valve posebno cilja određene azijske programere, anime igre i vizualne romane na zabrana od Steam. However, some Western developers have also had their products banned as well, including Top Hat Studios’ Cross Love - Epizoda 1, što ih je prisililo na to otvoriti vlastiti dućan.
Tu su i neke prilično otvorene i očite predrasude, gdje je Valve zabranio igre Projekt pobjede, which didn’t contain any sexual content, but allowed games like Slatki bazen i Ruka u tami na platformi, obje od njih sadrže maloljetnog seksa između dječaka gay škola.
R’lyeh Game had some other games that were supposed to come to Steam, writing…
“Up until the ban we had a new game called HappyAlbum that was being audited by Valve, but we haven’t received a reply in more than two weeks. Interlude – The Light’s End Descendent of the Holy Sword was also submitted, but a reply was not supplied within the given time frame on the Steamworks page.
“A concrete reason was never conferred, and we really don’t know anything since Steam won’t discuss or provide any answers when we attempt to appeal. Only Steam’s employees know the real reason.”
Kao što je već spomenuto, ponudili su kompjutersku opremu i logove IP-a Valveu, ali tvrde da se čini da ljudi u Steamu nisu skloni brinuti se o svom problemu.
For now, it appears R’lyeh Game and many others will continue to have their products banned from Steam, with nary any info detailing what process Valve came to in order to make such a decision. Keep in mind that these decisions are not inconsequential. They can have a steep financial impact on the developer, causing some products to get delayed, or other products to get cancelled outright, which is what happened to NekoNyan nakon Pozdrav, Zbogom zabranjen je.
In the case of R’lyeh Game, they’re still trying to figure out what to do next, and apologized for the long post on their website.
For now there doesn’t appear to be anyway to purchase their games Ljubavni pucaj or PaPaPub, ali možda će tražiti druge alternativne mogućnosti kao što su Nutaku, MangaGamer, JastUSA ili DLSite.