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Old 10-02-2017, 02:42 PM   #1
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After Having 200 "Fake Games" Pulled From Steam, Silicon Echo Studios Shutting Down


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Following widespread criticism of their business practices, Valve pulled nearly 200 games developed by Silicon Echo Studios from Steam last week. That seems to have been enough to force Silicon Echo to shut its doors, as they’ve announced the studio will be shutting down.

“We are no heroes,” a studio spokesperson tells Polygon, “we have indeed sometimes been conducting our business with some practices people may call shady.” Here the studio refer primarily to the alternate names they’ve done business under. Despite being open about their practices being questionable, they’re rather unhappy about the way Valve chose to take action.

“The only information we have been given is that our games were consistently at the top of user reported titles primarily for practices that are deceptive to the customers,” they say, implying that this information is insufficient. Mostly, they’re upset that Valve offered no warning before pulling the studio’s games from Steam.

What about accusations that the studio were asset flipping - that is, purchasing assets from the Unity store and repurposing them in low effort games sold primarily to give people inexpensive access to Steam trading cards for resale? Well, in their email to Valve, Silicon Echo had this to say: “People who are calling us asset flippers are correct only partially because we always made our own levels using the basic assets provided for us when we bought the asset kit and all of the kits had licenses allowing us to use them in commercial purposes. We have all the required bills to confirm our purchases on the Unity Asset Store.”
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Maybe CNN will hire some of them.
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Old 10-02-2017, 02:50 PM   #3
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#Fakegames

So they purchased Unity kits and make "games" from those assets? What's wrong with that? Or am I missing something?
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Old 10-02-2017, 02:51 PM   #4
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They've got a great future in several high paying career fields with the skills they've developed, including banker, Wall Street investor, politician, credit default swap and mortgage security reseller, etc., etc..

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#Fakegames

So they purchased Unity kits and make "games" from those assets? What's wrong with that? Or am I missing something?
They were cheap non-games sold for Steam trading card farming.

Farming steam trading cards

Valve Making Big Changes To Steam Trading Cards To Combat 'Fake Games'
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Translation: Technically we did nothing wrong, and by the letter of the law that you could sue us over, we did nothing wrong. However by ever other measure you are right, we did some shady asshole stuff, but hey thats not illegal right?
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Card farming. OMG, so damned ridiculous. SMH.
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Ahhh.... They exposed a loophole. A stinky, brown loophole.
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