Valve is set to place limitations on achievements and game counts as they take more strides to eliminate “fake games” on Steam.
Last May, Valve made it harder to for games to access Steam Trading Cards, gating the feature behind a “confidence metric”. Valve hoped that this confidence metric would make it clear that the games in question were being purchased and played by actual users.
While limiting the Steam Trading Card feature has worked, for the most part, the so-called “fake games” have also been found to exploit other systems on Steam. Specifically anything related to achievements and game counts. As seen in a post to the private Steamworks group, Valve have detailed the following restrictions so that achievements and game counts meet the same “confidence metric” as trading cards.
Valve believes that fake games have been “inflating achievement and game counts” for an “insignificant number of users” and has admitted that “the existence of these fake games still confuses our algorithm and our users”.
While inflating game counts and achievements could be seen as an issue, does anyone really pay attention to achievements on Steam anymore? And does having a high game count impress anyone if all the games you own are these so called “fake games”?
This announcement also comes hot on the heels of the announcement that Steam will stop policing what’s out on it’s digital shelves, with Valve stating they’ll only remove things that are “illegal, or straight up trolling.”
Do you think inflating your game count matters? Do you still monitor what achievements you have on Steam, or is it something you only remember when one pops up? Let us know in the comments below!