Valve has reviews of games that are not on Steam have not bought anymore




Reviews of people who have activated a game on Steam with a code are not factored into the score. Only reviews from gamers who purchase the game via the platform are still counted. Valve says doing this to combat fraud.

Play on Steam receive a rating based on an average of all user ratings. Until now, each had with his voice, but that was exploited by publishers and developers of games, says Valve. Creators of games could by themselves spend codes influence the final score, for example with fake accounts themselves to post reviews. Also, according to Valve companies post positive reviews for a fee on Steam.

An analysis of Valve has revealed that at least 160 games the review score is substantially higher if the review was posted by a user who has entered a code to activate the game. Although this is no evidence of abuse, Valve states that in many cases it is obvious that it is automatically generated reviews, duplicates, or reviews of accounts that are linking to developers.

The change to the scoring system made the score about 14 percent of all games on Steam, Valve states. Scores will not only decrease, in some games, the general assessment is rising too. The changes are largely due to small shifts. A game that has 69 percent positive reviews, for example, receives the verdict ‘mixed’, while that at 70 percent “positive”.

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The measure goes against Valve fraud, but also users who do not have bad intentions and their games through channels other than obtaining the Steam store, no voice more when it comes to the overall assessment of the game. It remains possible to leave written reviews, which are also shown in the list of reviews.

Valve gives users new options to filter reviews. It is now possible to read only positive or negative reviews and can choose between reviews from people who bought the game on Steam, or a key started. Changing the filters will not affect the assessment shown.

In May Valve already conducted a change through. Since then, two scores are shown: an average of the ratings in the last thirty days and a total score over the life of a game. Valve came with that adjustment to give a fairer picture of the current status of games.


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