Nearly 200 games developed by Silicon Echo Studios have been removed from the Steam store. The games were accused by Steam users as being low-quality, shovelware made to peddle trading cards, as reported by Polygon.
This has been due to the Steam Direct system, in order to cut a profit on cheap games. Valve has titled the games ‘fake games’ and they include Clickey, Grim Banana and SHAPES. The developer churned out the games at a high rate through the Steam Direct program, using pre-made Unity assets.
According to YouTuber SidAlpha, at least 10% of all the games released on Steam in both July and August belong to Silicon Echo Studios titles.
Valve has confirmed this in a statement to Polygon saying,
“Yes, we have a full-time team monitoring reports and they identified an issue that lead to the removal of some titles from a few different Steamworks accounts. These accounts were generating a lot of reports and frustration from customers and other developers. It turns out that the bad actors were all the same person operating under different accounts.”
You can read the full statement at Polygon.