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Valve implements Steam changes to combat fake item scams

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Yesterday, we reported that Valve removed a game called Abstractism from Steam after discovering it installed cryptomining malware. Abstractism wasn’t just guilty of using gamers’ CPU and GPU power to mine cryptocurrency but was also found to scam players with fake items.

It is obviously a very concerning issue for PC gamers and due to the fact that Valve announced in June this year that they would no longer regulate the Steam Store, people are getting worried that more and more games like Abstractism would make its way onto the Steam store and scam users with fake items.

In a swift response, Valve has now implemented two safeguards to protect Steam users from item scamming via some changes to how Steam works. The first of which is a warning that tells players that the item they are about to buy is from a game they have never played before, or alternatively, a game that is new on Steam. This measure should ensure that what happened to the item trader with the whole Abstractism debacle won’t happen again.

Secondly and maybe most importantly, Valve now requires approval for name changes to in-game items from games, so developers can’t just rename an item to try and scam players like was done with Abstractism in order to scam another group of players.

A Valve representative explains on Reddit that:

We also started requiring approval for app name changes, and have more planned to address this sort of problem that we couldn't get done in one day. We are hopeful that having to dismiss two warning dialogs will be sufficient to make people think twice about trades containing forged items, but this is not the end of our response, and we'll continue to monitor, of course.” - Source

Hopefully these changes will help players make the right decisions when trading or purchasing items. It will be interesting to see how Valve continues to work on the problem because Steam should still be a safe place for its users.

What do you think about the safeguards implemented by Valve to protect Steam users? Let us know in the comment section below.

Source: Reddit

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