I stumbled into something interesting over at YouTube recently. There is this guy who is making a small game and wished to put it up on Steam Greenlight.
All was going well until he found out that his game, titled Red Alliance, had been put up there by someone else and he didn’t even know.
Anything that goes up there will get an opinion formed about it based on which it will either get greenlit or not.
If fake uploaders are taking to the service illegitimately, it can hamper the game’s presentation and what the audience thinks of it, needless to say the original developer doesn’t get the credit.
Now my point is, what exactly is Valve doing to counter something like this? The person I am talking about reported the game but got no response while the fake uploader went on to put up a second game on Steam Greenlight that was developed by yet another person!
Fake uploader also made some announcements about Red Alliance but now the link reads “this game is closed.”
What makes it worse is the fact that if the original developer tries to put the game up himself, the community will think that the game was already on Steam Greenlight before and that it is being put up again after being closed.
As far as Valve is concerned, they have told the guy to add a statement claiming copyrights for the game to every online page that the developer has listed the game on like indieDB and so on, but so far they have not removed the fake uploads.
We even tried to contact Valve through an email regarding the issue but got no reply.
Problems like these need to be given a better response so that hardworking small scale developers can be facilitated in the work they are doing.