ATTENTION: I need the help of the community to keep this thread alive and up to date!

This thread is trying to combine the information of several threads into one clear list, namely Asset Flips, FOMO and Overpriced Games.
If you have additional information, please post it here and I will add it to the corresponding paragraph. Please note that due to the many games I own I am not able to see all the information on all the corresponding websites, so I NEED your help to gather all neccessary information.
Thank you!

If you either need help where to start or want to help doing something about it, the Steam group Sentinels of the Store is a very good way to do so. You also should report every scammy and scummy game developer/publisher and every single one of their games to Valve.

Explanation of what should be reported

Asset Flips:

For many game engines developers can use so called "assets" for creating a game. Those are pre-assembled environments within the game engine, build by other developers who often make a living or some serious side income by creating those.
Example: Asset developer A creates a 3D mountain environment in the game engine Unity. Game developer B wants to develop a 3D game which happens in a mountain setting. Instead of creating a 3D mountain environment himself, game developer B buys the pre-assembled environment from asset developer A in the Unity asset store to save development time and thus money. Game developer B then uses the 3D mountain environment from asset developer A to create a game.

A so called "Asset Flip" means that a scammer buys an asset in a store and instead of developing a real game with it, he sells the asset as a finished game on Steam. For example, the above mentioned and linked 3D mountain environment could be sold on Steam as a "Walking Simulator" titled "Dangerous Mountains".
So he "flips" the asset into a game without adding anything to it or just barely modifying it.
Yes, the scammy game developer has to pay for the asset and also has to pay his standard fee to Valve, but if he sells enough copies of his "game" he makes profit.

List of Asset Flips

Developers/Publishers using FOMO:

FOMO stands for "Fear Of Missing Out" and with regards of what is listed within this thread corresponds to artificial deals.
As we all know, we are always on the hunt for the best deal on a game. The higher the discount the more likely it is for us to buy the game. We HAVE to buy it at 90% off because it will never be this cheap again. Right?

Well, since 2020, a lot of scummy developers and publishers use this thinking to trick customers into buying their games, which in many cases also are asset flips. They deliberately set the base price of their games way too high, something like 9,99 or 19,99 for a shitty looking game drawn in paint with a playtime of 10 minutes. Since nobody in their right mind would buy the game at that price, they create a permanent discount of at least 75% off. Now, when users browse the deals section at Steam or any price aggregating websites, they will always see those "games" with a high discount, think that it is a deal they can't pass on (because FOMO, see above) and buy the game.
With this, the scummy devs make a profit, because most users wouldn't have bought their games even at a base price of 0,39.

List of Developers/Publishers using FOMO

Overpriced games:

Those are games whose base price is deliberately set way too high but are not discounted. Those games can be asset flips, but don't have to. But they all are not really games, most are a piece of junk nobody would be buying at full price.
The reasoning for this is not 100% clear but the following two scenarios seem to be likely: money laundering or gaining CV here at Steamgifts.

Yes, a possibility the community agreed upon is that those "games" are created for the sole purpose to be given away here at SG to farm massive amounts of CV, thus getting to higher levels and supposedly better giveaways fast.
Another possibility the community agreed upon is that those "games" are created for money laundering. Which is a criminal activity, so I won't touch this topic any further.

List of deliberately overpriced games

What should NOT be reported

Shovelware. Because someones garbage might be a real treasure for another person.
Let's not try and list every shovelware game available, but rather concentrate on scammy and scummy practices. Thanks! :)

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Here is a neatly looking list with explanations by Sentinels of the Store.

Asset Flips

Asset Flip Developer Publisher
Air Strike beans rolls beans rolls
Amazing Girl 玫瑰工作室, Ignore on Steam Rosa Special Studio, Ignore on Steam
Among School Girls 玫瑰工作室 玫瑰工作室
Angel Tears 玫瑰工作室 玫瑰工作室
Any Candy anyfreemore anyfreemore
Any Fish freeanygame freeanygame
Arcane Eyes 玫瑰工作室 玫瑰工作室
Awesome Puzzle Awesome Deveelop Awesome Deveelop
Balloon Saga Hede Hede
Battlerace TieDeveloper, Ignore on Steam TieDeveloper
BEACHED Gradient Studios Gradient Studios
Beach Restaurant OnBlind OnBlind
BLACK ACE Tuning Mania Tuning Mania
Blinky QuickBobber QuickBobber
Chinese Bull 玫瑰工作室 玫瑰工作室
Click and Relax Hede Hede
Climb Challenge - Castle Hede Hede
Cloud Girl 玫瑰工作室 Rosa Special Studio
Coins Collector Simulator Atomic Fabrik, Cristian Manolachi Atomic Fabrik, Cristian Manolachi
Cute Girls Love Books 玫瑰工作室 玫瑰工作室
Cyberpunica 2.0.2.0 玫瑰工作室 玫瑰工作室
Dodge INFINITE BRIDGE INFINITE BRIDGE
Down the Hill beans rolls beans rolls
Eagle Simulator Atomic Fabrik, Cristian Manolachi Atomic Fabrik
Eastern Europe Truck Simulator Atomic Fabrik, Ignore on Steam, Cristian Manolachi Atomic Fabrik, Ignore on Steam, Cristian Manolachi
Elven Truth 玫瑰工作室 玫瑰工作室
Endless Love 玫瑰工作室 玫瑰工作室
Evening Ecchi 玫瑰工作室 Rosa Special Studio
Fairy Sister 玫瑰工作室 玫瑰工作室
Fantasy Adventure SESE GMAE SESE GMAE
Finger Football Dejavu Games Dejavu Games
Follow Your Heart 玫瑰工作室 玫瑰工作室
Fortress Building Puzzle Karakuria Team Karakuria Team
Fuyu no Tsuma 玫瑰工作室 玫瑰工作室
Guns And Waifus 玫瑰工作室 玫瑰工作室
Halloween Memory: Reborn halloweenreborn halloweenreborn
HANAMI 玫瑰工作室 玫瑰工作室
Happy Valentine's Day 玫瑰工作室 玫瑰工作室
Hot Summer 玫瑰工作室 玫瑰工作室
Imoto No Yume 玫瑰工作室 Rosa Special Studio
Insipid Simple Logic Games Simple Logic Games
Inyoku Shoujo 玫瑰工作室 Rosa Special Studio
Island of Girls Dreams 玫瑰工作室 玫瑰工作室
Izanami 玫瑰工作室 玫瑰工作室
KeepUp Pirates - RPG Witte´s Studio, Ignore on Steam Witte´s Studio
Kiiroi Hana 玫瑰工作室 玫瑰工作室
Kingdom of Corrupts Massoft Games, Ignore on Steam Massoft Games
Little Big Guy Albatross Idea Albatross Idea
Little drift Vitok Vitok
Love! Truth! Puzzle! 玫瑰工作室 玫瑰工作室
Masterchef Chinese Food Edition Karakuria Team -
Math Game Simple Logic Games Simple Logic Games
Midsummer Madness 玫瑰工作室 玫瑰工作室
Monsters and Warriors - Onet Match Connect Boogygames Studios, Ignore on Steam Boogygames Studios, Ignore on Steam
Mystical Lights 玫瑰工作室 玫瑰工作室
My Sweet Ants! 玫瑰工作室 玫瑰工作室
My Sweet Washing Machine! 玫瑰工作室 玫瑰工作室
Nagare-Boshi 玫瑰工作室 玫瑰工作室
Nekomimi Nikki 玫瑰工作室 玫瑰工作室
Neon Arena beans rolls beans rolls
Office Strike War - Multiplayer Battle Royale Bad Kids Games Atomic Fabrik, Cristian Manolachi
One By One 玫瑰工作室 玫瑰工作室
Orenji-iro no Kumo 玫瑰工作室 玫瑰工作室
Otaku Club 玫瑰工作室 玫瑰工作室
Otome No Himitsu 玫瑰工作室 Rosa Special Studio
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Asset Flips Continuation

Asset Flip Developer Publisher
Pick The Lock Simple Logic Games Simple Logic Games
Plumber 3 anyfreegame anyfreegame
Police Chase Cow Corp. Cow Corp.
Police Hot Pursuit Atomic Fabrik, Cristian Manolachi Atomic Fabrik, Cristian Manolachi
Rabbit Canyon QuickBobber QuickBobber
Rosy Manga 玫瑰工作室 玫瑰工作室
Sakura Mochi 玫瑰工作室 玫瑰工作室
Shiny Summer 玫瑰工作室 玫瑰工作室
sniper baicha baicha
SnL cBlck cBlck
Snowy Love 玫瑰工作室 玫瑰工作室
Soft Wind 玫瑰工作室 玫瑰工作室
Sokonashi No Me 玫瑰工作室 Rosa Special Studio
Space Tower Defense Atomic Fabrik, Cristian Manolachi Atomic Fabrik, Cristian Manolachi
Splash Road Crewxaa Crewxaa
Spring Flower 玫瑰工作室 玫瑰工作室
Stapel QuickBobber QuickBobber
Sweet Halloween 玫瑰工作室 玫瑰工作室
Sweety Little Witch 玫瑰工作室 玫瑰工作室
The Explorer SedSanGames SedSanGames
The Zombie Smasher Atomic Fabrik, Cristian Manolachi Cristian Manolachi
Traffic Command: Reborn hellydevelop hellydevelop
Traffic Racing REALBB Gales Corp.
Truck Truck Hede Hede
True Spring Love 玫瑰工作室 玫瑰工作室
Van Van Up! Atomic Fabrik, Cristian Manolachi Atomic Fabrik, Cristian Manolachi
Village RPG kazakovstudios kazakovstudios
Vogue, The Explorer Mihai Morosanu Mihai Morosanu
vision\memory\maze Simple Logic Games Simple Logic Games
Watashi no Kokoro! 君の事が好きです。 玫瑰工作室 玫瑰工作室
White Dandelion 玫瑰工作室 玫瑰工作室
White Flower 玫瑰工作室 玫瑰工作室
Zombies Killer Machine Atomic Fabrik, Cristian Manolachi Atomic Fabrik, Cristian Manolachi
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FOMO

Name Role SteamDB page Ignore on Steam
Adato Games Publisher Adato Games -
Andreev Worlds (Alt name for Gamesforgames) Developer Andreev Worlds -
Andreev Worlds (Alt name for Gamesforgames) Publisher Andreev Worlds -
Azerbaijan Technology Publisher Azerbaijan Technology -
Aztech (most likely alt name for Azerbaijan Technology) Publisher Aztech -
Crossplatform Developer Crossplatform -
DNA Army Gaming Developer DNA Army Gaming Ignore on Steam
DNA Army Gaming Publisher DNA Army Gaming as publisher Ignore on Steam
DODONET Developer DODONET -
Duodli Developer Duodli -
Falco Software (most likely alt name for kazakovstudios) Developer Falco Software -
Gales Corp Publisher Gales Corp. -
galesoozka (Alt name for Gales Corp.) Developer galesoozka -
galesoozka (Alt name for Gales Corp.) Publisher galesoozka -
Gamesforgames Developer Gamesforgames -
Gamesforgames Publisher Gamesforgames -
Gigantum Games Publisher Gigantum Games -
Hede Developer Hede -
Hede Publisher Hede -
Hexaluga mines (most likely alt name for Hede) Developer Hexaluga mines -
Indie Games Publisher Publisher Indie Games Publisher -
kazakovstudios Developer kazakovstudios -
kazakovstudios Publisher kazakovstudios -
Kedexa Developer Kedexa -
Kedexa Publisher Kedexa -
khukhrovr Publisher khukhrovr -
kovalevrme (most likely alt name for kovalevviktor) Publisher kovalevrme -
kovalevviktor Publisher kovalevviktor -
Neki4 Electronics Developer Neki4 Electronics -
Neki4 Electronics Publisher Neki4 Electronics -
Opg Euphore (Alt name for Gamesforgames) Developer Opg Euphore -
Opg Euphore (Alt name for Gamesforgames) Publisher Opg Euphore -
Phoenixxx Games Developer Phoenixxx Games -
Phoenixxx Games Publisher Phoenixxx Games -
Piece of Voxel Developer Piece of Voxel Ignore on Steam
Piece of Voxel Publisher Piece of Voxel Ignore on Steam
PixelArtGames Developer PixelArtGames -
PixelArtGames Publisher PixelArtGames -
Reactorjoy Developer Reactorjoy -
Ready To Play Developer Ready To Play Ignore on Steam
Ready To Play Publisher Ready To Play Ignore on Steam
Ripknot Systems Developer Ripknot Systems Ignore on Steam
Ripknot Systems Publisher Ripknot Systems Ignore on Steam
Top-Down Games Developer Top-Down Games -
TriponikaJik Developer TriponikaJik -
Vitok Developer Vitok -
Vitok Publisher Vitok -
vuzimu (Alt name for Gamesforgames) Developer vuzimu -
wow wow Games Developer wow wow Games -
wow wow Games Publisher wow wow Games -
Yash Future Tech Solutions Pvt Ltd Developer Yash Future Tech Solutions Pvt Ltd Ignore on Steam
Yash Future Tech Solutions Pvt Ltd Publisher Yash Future Tech Solutions Pvt Ltd Ignore on Steam
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Overpriced Games

Name and Steam Link
Action: Vengeance
Aoihana
Archer boy
Art your brains
Ascent Free-Roaming VR Experience
A wave of enemies
Balloon Saga
Ball Torture
Beach Restaurant
Bots City
Bright Bob
Bubbles shot
Bug Butcher
Caged Beast
CandySweet
Chicken Coop
ChickenZ
CHICKWEED
Click and Relax
Climb Challenge - Castle
cookies СOOkies COOKIES
CowboysShowdown
Cows&Co
Crazy Zoo
Cube Color
Cybercube battle
Dark spot
Deep Cave
DOLPHIN HUSTLE
Domino killer
DonutCrabs
Do you know de way
Dragon`s Checkers
DUCK Mission
Eagle Simulator
Eastern Europe Truck Simulator
Eon Fleet
Falling Elevator
Fantasy Adventure
FETUS
Floor is Lava
Forest Guardian
Formula X
Fortitude invasion
Fortress Building Puzzle
Freeze the time
Frog lands
Gravity Jump
Grot Slasher
helicopter 2.0
Hot Summer
HuoChaiRenRPG
Hyperstrix
Ink World
In a search of a new home
JetX VR
Jumperbird
Knights of Hearts
Limousine Parking Simulator (in the past)
Little Bunny
Little drift
Long Road
Lucky Panda
Macro golf
Magic War
Man in gravity
Mars parking simulator
Masterchef Chinese Food Edition
Mechaguard
Mega Zombie Explosion
MOVERS IN THE WAREHOUSE
Murder of the Bear lake
Mushroom rain
My name is Velcro
My Sweet Ants!
Need for Spirit: Off-Road Edition
Nuclear Fighter
Old Quarry
Otaku Club
Over City
Panda Run
Paradise Checkers VR
Paradise Lost
Parking light
Peace Duke
Pestis
Pixel Pirate
Pixel Trouble
PLANETOIDS
Police Hot Pursuit
Puzzles with nature
Ragedanger Earth
Red points
Rich Taste of Ecchi
Robber Sam
Robosnow
Run Thief
Russian Hunter
Ruthless Safari
SCALEPLANET
School Trip
Size It
Sloppy Goat
SnakeGame
Soul Valley
Spacecraft speed
SpaceGaze
Space Route
SpearFrog
Speeder
SPLAIT RAGE
Spot Sample Witness Simulator
Sprout Lands
steal
Stone River
Super Arkanoid
Super Gunfight
Super Robolom
T. B. P.
The Cruel kings
The Jelly Adventure
The Last Metal Shooter
The Last Place
The logic inside
The Trigger
TOTEMS
TOTEMS 2
TOTO Quest
Traffic Racing
TravelRacer
Truck Truck
U96
Underwater battles
Van Van Up!
Village RPG
Villwars
Virus Petya
Voice Shooter "Pif Paf"
Wanderer
WannaMine
What do you hear?? Yanny vs Laurel
World of Bärn
Yuonger Adventure
Zombies Invasion
Zombies Killer Machine
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not SG specific, these appear in IndieGala Community Giveaways, all levelling gift sites are vulnerable

Action Vengeance - $15 is normal for 2022 FPS crapware, albeit should never have been approved as a full release listing
zero sales (all Steam purchases refunded), so no doubt soon to be desperately moneygrab bundled anyway

Ascent Free-Roaming VR Experience was promptly delisted here, when I reported it in May 2020
HuoChaiRenRPG was in DIG weekly 484 andso discounted ($3CV)
support already reduced everything else on this list to 0CV, except for Spot Sample Witness Simulator (action pending)

I can see the OP and FOMO lists being helpful to the Sentinals, I was a Greenlight scout
claims need to be substantiated, they're led by a team of professionals

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Added. Thank you :)

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Everything else is $4.99 / 3,99€ though.

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He actually put out a few games that got some good feedback, then it's like he said screw it one day and just started throwing out real crap.

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Added both to Asset Flips and Overpriced Games, as well as most of the other games by the same Dev.
P.S.: Karakuria Team seems to be an ALT-name for Atomic Fabrik, since all those games had Atomic Fabrik as a Dev and a Publisher before.

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TVs: The Awakening

Fake reviews. All suspiciously short, and if you look at the actual profiles of those who reviewed the game, most are all blank with no other games and no play time.

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Thank you.
At the moment, Fake Reviews are not part of this thread. This could change in the future, tho, although it would be a pita to work them in..

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I leave it to you to set parameters, but fake reviews are a more easily identifiable transgression. High prices for money laundering or Steamgifts farming involves a lot more speculation, though if you can get such games added to the bundle list, that would be a huge win directly related to Steamgifts.

Good initiative! Many thanks!

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I'll add your proposal here.

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some devs use multiple accounts to report negative reviews and they get auto removed without anybody over at valve checking them. you can get them put back by contacting steam support sometimes, but it takes ages!

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Is other scummy reason allowed? I personally know one that flips when you put a negative review to their games...

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At the moment, those three reasons are the only ones handled in this thread. This could change in the future, tho, although it would be a pita to work them in.
Let's see what the future holds.

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The Explorer (no longer available) and Vogue, the Explorer are both The Explorer: 3D Gamekit

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Thank you, Robby. Added.

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bump

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done, bump

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Thank you for making up such a precious resource.
I don't actually know the difference between Shovelware and Asset flip.
Do you mind explaining it more in their difference?

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"software that has been quickly developed without regard to quality or function and features"
VS
resold premade assets that were dragged and dropped into an exe and are completely unchanged from the source

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Thread is still a work in progress.
ATM I'm fighting with the 10k character limit for the Asset Flip-table.

Does anybody know if I can do a line break within a cell, so that I can have multiple lines within one single cell? <br> doesn't work.

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Thank you very much for this list, I appreciate the effort and time you put into it.

ATM I'm fighting with the 10k character limit for the Asset Flip-table.

Welcome to my daily struggle! 😅

Does anybody know if I can do a line break within a cell, so that I can have multiple lines within one single cell?

No, you can't. I tried a lot of things but it's not possible with SG's markdown.
Use non breakable spaces for the content and align them so that it shows the info on 2 rows (like it's done for the "Details" column in the bundle charts).

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Use non breakable spaces for the content and align them

How would I do that, exactly? I don't know what to do :)

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SG tables have fixed-width column so if you wanted to push something to appear on a second line, you'd have to pad the first line with spaces until it reaches the max length.
But since the browsers interpret sequential spaces as a single one, you'd have to replace those with non breakable spaces (ALT+255).

So for example:
1 sp: a b
2 sp: a b (the browser sees it as a single space even though I typed 2)
1 nbsp: a b
2 nbsp: a  b

You'd have to try it yourself and see how many nbsp you need to pad the text on what you want to be the "first line" until it reaches the maximum width.
The problem is that this makes an empty row between the two lines, which looks very ugly, plus you need to replace the spaces in-between words from the first line too, to keep them together.
And since the width of a comment and the with of the OP are different, you'll need different numbers of nbsp for each case.

Code:

Column 1 | Column 2 | Column 3
:- | :- | :- 
first line 1                                                                 second line 1 | first line 2                                                                 second line 2 | first line 3

Result:

Column 1 Column 2 Column 3
first line 1                                                                 second line 1 first line 2                                                                 second line 2 first line 3

In bundle charts, the info is so crammed into a tight column and thus the arrangement is a bit easier; plus the middle align helps.

In short: I think you should just leave your tables as they are now, since this workaround adds a lot of ugliness. 😃

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I understood that, Lilly, a big "Thank you!" to you! :)
I think I will find another solution for the Asset Flip-table and will continue to work on it tomorrow. Nevertheless, thank you very much for your help!

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One trick is to remove the name of the game from the link.

For example, you can just write https://store.steampowered.com/app/1903360 instead of https://store.steampowered.com/app/1903360/Amazing_Girl/.

Or you can shorten even further by using the official steam short link: https://s.team/a/1903360

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Oh, this can (will) be helpful in the future, thank you!

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There's a lot of stuff like this on Steam, so taking on a thread list this is going to be a lot of work. I just wanted to take a moment and say that I do appreciate it. Hopefully with the help of the SG community it will make it a bit easier to find these. I also want to say that this thread will also help us out in SG support in catching some of these crazy priced games that might fly under our radar. Thank you AmanoTC and anyone else who contributes to this thread.

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You're welcome :)

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I did want to take a moment to mention that often times you'll find these types of games in a big junk bundle. There plenty of times where the games in them with have the multiple devs listings, but on occasion they've been proven to be the same person with multiple accounts.

An example is the GamesForGames Bundle.
https://store.steampowered.com/bundle/24309/GamesForGames_Bundle/

DEVELOPER: Defender Defender, Helicopter games, Cristian Manolachi, Atomic Fabrik, Succubella Games, vuzimu, OPG EUPHORE, Scale Studio, Gamesforgames, Andreev Worlds, Maks Volegov

PUBLISHER: Defender Defender, Helicopter games, Cristian Manolachi, Atomic Fabrik, Succubella Games, OPG EUPHORE, Scale Studio, Gamesforgames, Andreev Worlds, Maks Volegov

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https://store.steampowered.com/app/1290850/Kingdom_of_Corrupts/
^ many stolen content + free on android + profile features limited

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What's the stolen content?

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Audio samples, lvl design and art (most obvious is minecraft "TNT")
EDIT: Is more Shovelware than asset flip (just lack creativity)

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The reason I asked is because sometimes assets are available for free or the creator gives permission and people don't take that into account and just call them stolen. The minecraft asset is definitely enough to say the game has something stolen in it, so thank you for the information.

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ooo that I didn t know that

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I think that a useful addition to this thread would be to have one post that lists the connections between these devs (identifiable by their social info / support email).

For example:
kovalevviktor = KoloradoNS = RoboTeh Lab = Virturian
galesoozka = Gales Corp = Leonsy
Gamesforgames = Andreev Worlds = Defender Defender = Helicopter games = Scale Studio = OPG EUPHORE
and so on.
These are the ones extracted from my old post, but I can try to provide a more detailed list of equivalent names if needed.

This would make it easier to identify new items to add to the existing list, based on the dev / publisher name.

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If applicable, I add the info in the FOMO section but that would not list all of them.
So I very much appreciate your input. Since you have those things figured out way better than me, I propose you create one such posting here and I will link to it from the OP.
Will that work for you?

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Uhhh since I already have so many things to manage and so many comments that I have to go through every day, I really really don't want to add even more things to the pile. I'll leave the comment at that and perhaps come back from time to time to update it.

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Perfectly fine and I absolutely do understand you. It's just that I won't take up the task of Email hunting either. Maybe another volunteer is willing to do so?

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Sadly, no.
He hammers out DLCs like a virus but they aren't overpriced. The ridicolous price for any bundles he does is by the sheer amount of DLCs included within those bundles.
If you could provide evidence that their games are asset flips, I will gladly add those to the list

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Thread is up to date and ready for takeoff.

  • In the Asset Flip-table I link to every Developer and Publisher only once to save valuable characters.
  • If you want me to add something, please create a posting with all info that is needed. In case of an Asset Flip, please provide some evidence that a game indeed IS an asset flip.

Furthermore, I'd like to have your input to the following questions:

  • Should we also list abandoned Early Access-games so that we can stop anybody from buying them? Sometimes Early Access-games are created without the intention of ever finishing them and are just a quick money grab.
  • Are there any other scammy/scummy practices that should be listed in this thread? Those have to be a widespread and substantial problem within the Steam-/Gaming-community, clearly identifiable and not limited to one publisher.

Thank you!

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Great work. I'm usually against gate-keeping and witch hunting, but at the same time I am for customer protection and being informed, and SotS curator/group does that, so it's one of the rare valuable curators to follow (in order not to feed the steam trolls...with literal money...)

TBH I didn't even consider some of these "bad players" affecting systems outside of steam until you started these threads and I realized the issue is much larger than just "here's a game-like-object, buy it or not". Then again, how to get this info in front of the users, and do it in an informative but unbiased way (just people tend to overdo sometimes... as we know from history...). Right now it's on this forum alone, and SotS already have a curator to follow, but maybe at some point there should be a dedicated website... But then if there is, these threads might get abandoned and... It's complicated, as always.

I like that you're warning against marking games that use assets as asset-flips, which are something else (base assets renamed without a game there), and against witch hunts against games someone simply regards as "bad", or "unworthy of steam".

I'd say abandoned EA games should be tracked too, but then it's a dilemma what is actually abandoned and what might be some "life situation" where dev is coming back. Maybe 1 years of inactivity is a warning, 2+ years is "abandoned"? I dunno.

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Thank you very much for your input.
Indeed, customer protection was my intent. Although, of course, these lists can be misused. As a shopping list, for example, because every mention is a form of advertising or at least raising awareness. It's a slippery slope.

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RE: Used as a shopping list

I used to buy a lot of bundles with shovelware, mostly to level up my Steam game count badge. I was happy to pay less than US$5 for those bundles. (I suffer from OCD issues.)

Then Steam instituted the "learning" and "profile features limited" flags and ruined those plans. Now I buy only games with neither of those flags (or enter SG giveaways with neither).

The point is, I really don't think anybody's going to use your lists as a shopping list. Unless they're real idiots, and I know there are some out there. I follow the SotS curator and belong to the group - I wish you success in your endeavor.

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Now I buy only games with neither of those flags

if a meaningless +1 to your library is more important than playing good games just because they're by a small dev, then your spoiler is a pot-kettle situation.

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Leveling up a badge is a game in itself. Ask the OP about it - he's got 16k games while I have only 4k.

I'm sure there are some things about your life that are just as "meaningless" - having meaning only to yourself and nobody else.

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Thank you for your input and for your words :)

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I think it is reasonable to warn people about all of the games of studios that clearly have some funding but still choose to abandon their early access titles in bad shape. Like Double Fine with Spacebase DF-9. Those guys should not deserve any more money until they fix and deliver what they have sold.

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Spacebase DF-9 is exactly the game I was thinking about while reading Amano's comment. Garbage people, honestly. Abruptly abandoning an Early Access game halfway and putting out the announcement "well, we consider it to be finished so yeah"

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chairmankao added:

Fake reviews. Fake reviews are a more easily identifiable transgression.

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This overpriced asset flip just popped up in my discovery queue https://store.steampowered.com/app/1942140/Eastern_Europe_Truck_Simulator/
The Dev seems to pump out mostly asset flips and trash tier games as well.

Also, found this great curator, might be worth taking a look and filling up the list with some of the devs the point out: https://store.steampowered.com/curator/41754370/

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Added to the overpriced table, thank you.
If you have some evidence that it is indeed an Asset flip, I will also add it there.

Thank you for the curator, that will help!

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It will take me a while to implement everything.
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I read it all before you deleted it :) I couldn't extract something for this thread from it but thank you for your contribution!

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Sid Alpha made a really good 9 minute video last year explaining what an asset flip is and what it's not. He also explains some of the reasons that it's done. He also talks about the infamous Asset Flippers Berdyev, Digital Homicide, and Silicon Echo. So if anyone who comes to this thread and wants a better understanding of things concerning asset flips it probably is worth the watch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X89LVbE7lEE

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Digital Homicide committed "digital suicide" by suing steam and random users
is this the case of a scummy dev? cause there are a few devs (maybe more than i know of) that ban players from steam discussions when they share negative feedback

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https://steamdb.info/app/1563960/
https://steamdb.info/app/1103060/ (possible future abuser, the price is ridiculous)

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Added, thank you :)

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overpriced:
https://store.steampowered.com/app/2118320/steal/
https://store.steampowered.com/app/879110/Dragons_Checkers/
https://store.steampowered.com/app/986760/Paradise_Checkers_VR/

I think selling a cheap mobile game for $20 on pc and constantly discounting it by 90% as soon as a few months after release qualifies as well (and simply selling the same thing for 5x the price as on mobile regardless of discounts is scummy too), but if the devs weren't shady fucks, some of those games would actually be good. and there's other scummy behavior not covered in this thread, like banning people for valid criticism and feedback, or a negative review highlighting issues with the game, deleting feedback so potential customers don't see issues if they look at the forum (without using said feedback to fix their shitty game, of course).

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Added, thank you!

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What about listing scummy devs that revoke bought keys from bundles ?

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that's not the purpose of this thread. It's to document apps with prices that allow skipping levels and potentially enabling people with bots to meet verification of account value, but the value is fake.

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I wish people at valve are aware this.

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