Steam early access is like a box. You never know what you could find inside it and this is absolutely real as a lot of unfinished games are away from being released. Anyhow, it seems Valve has established some rules concerning Steam early access contained in a secret document that has been recently revealed by PC Gamer.
The purpose of this document was to be read by developers only but, you know, this is the net and a lot of confidential stuff gets leaked every day.
The secret document is made of 3 sections containing rules, suggestions and most asked questions, with 4 main rules to be followed by developers. Anyway just one of this rules is considered important:
Do not make specific promises about future events.For example, there is no way you can know exactly when the game will be finished, that the game will be finished, or that planned future additions will definitely happen. Do not ask your customers to bet on the future of your game. Customers should be buying your game based on its current state, not on promises of a future that may or may not be realized.
So Valve basically only cares about money, yeah. Moreover, the general thing is devs have the power to choose and do things.
However, even if Valve doesn’t care this much about the products they sell, the company is still pushing for fair play in their games, especially in Counter Strike: Go as the company banned 11,000 players in one single day.
These players were reported because of hacking, cheating or using bad language multiple times.
So think twice the next time you’re going to offend random players in response to being killed!