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Devs, don't post positive Steam reviews of your game under fake names

Game developer Lunyov Artem Pavlovych has copped to posting positive reviews for his game under fake names, not long after Valve delisted him from Steam for the infraction of Steam's review policy.

Alex Wawro, Contributor

January 27, 2017

1 Min Read

This week Valve went ahead and removed developer Lunyov Artem Pavlovych's games from Steam after determining Pavlovych was engaging in "unacceptable behavior" by posting positive Steam reviews for his game Platformica (pictured) under fake names.

This kind of behavior isn't unheard of, and this certainly isn't the first time Valve has taken steps to enforce its review policy. However, as Kotaku points out, Pavlovych's case is particularly notable because he's quickly come out and copped to his mistake, seemingly expressing remorse for costing himself access to Steam's marketplace.

"Yes, I actually wrote a few reviews for Platformica in October 2016 and I'm really [to] blame," the developer wrote in a Steam post today. "I’m worked 2 years on my three games and.....half day...games removed. I deserve it."

 It's a good reminder for fellow devs to abide by Steam's regulations, even if its review system might have some room for improvement.

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