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.”