Fake Steam Curators Called Out By InvestiGator Developer BROK

BROK the Investigatora new indie game from developer COWCAT Games, has become the target of Steam scammers, who are currently working to “review bomb” the game with negative sentiment, even though these curators have allegedly never played the adventure.

According to developer COWCAT Games, Steam curators are posting massive negative reviews for WHINING on its curator pages due to a clever subterfuge on COWCAT’s part. In a twitter threadThe developer has detailed its process for dealing with key scammers – fake accounts trying to get key codes to resell games on the secondary market.

COWCAT reportedly received ‘tons’ of requests for review codes prior to the release of WHINING, and many of these emails follow familiar ‘scam’ structures: a brief introduction, a request for a code, and a link to channels that are clearly unrelated to the sender’s email address. To rule out the few legitimate requests, COWCAT en masse Advance codes for WHINING to these Steam curators, instead of full game codes.

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The belief was that legitimate reviewers would revert to their emails to contact COWCAT for the full game, once they had played and realized the ‘mistake’. While some healers made return to the company, the vast majority No – and that’s when the negative reviews started pouring in.

According to COWCAT, this review bombshell was likely the result of Steam curators trying to sell the WHINING keys on, only for disgruntled customers to realize the code isn’t NoIt does, in fact, unlock the actual game as claimed. While this is just a theory, COWCAT was able to identify several game codes for WHINING in gray places that probably originated from its own key library.

“I can’t exactly prove it, but I don’t see any other reason why my game should be the only such target,” COWCAT said on Twitter. “Maybe it’s even one person behind all those fake curators… Those reviews are 100% fake because considering I sent them the Prologue keys, they couldn’t play the full game.” However, I was surprised. Somehow those curators were able to post reviews of the game on the full version page! (…why does Steam allow this in the first place?)’

It seems that because these Steam curators were technically given access to a WHINING COWCAT code, they were able to post reviews on their curator pages, although, as COWCAT correctly points out, this system is grossly flawed.

With the COWCAT thread now gaining immense popularity, there is hope that Steam will reassess its curation procedures. For now, it appears that there are several loopholes with game reviews that allow users to obtain review keys. apparently post a stock review and then sell on the key.

BROK the Investigator It probably won’t be the first game to experience these challenges, and it probably won’t be the last.

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