Steam Introduces New Moderation Process for Workshop Content in Scam-Ridden Games
- The system is meant to reduce scams that are rampant in games like Dota 2 and CS:GO.
- The change requires new and updated content to be approved before being downloaded.
- Valve has not made an official statement about changes despite updating support posts.
The ways you get your user-created content for popular first-party Steam multiplayer games are changing. Steam has quietly rolled out a new feature to moderate workshop content available for various games that have been the target of rampant scams. The games affected at this moment appear to be Team Fortress 2, CS:GO, and Dota 2, all of which have seen varied amounts of scam content arriving in their workshops. The features are the results of repeated scams that prey on workshop users.
A prevalent example are the free skin scams that appear in the CS:GO workshop. Many people in the community have been very vocal about these, in particular a video made by YouTuber 3kliksphilip just two weeks ago highlighted the issue once again.
The video claims that there are bot accounts that will quickly downvote certain actual pieces of content, while upvoting scam submissions that are part of their botnet. The system appears to work by targeting maps and submissions that get upvoted above the scams. The issue was so prevalent that Valve has finally taken action, years and years after people began to bring these issues up.
Will this actually help the workshop? Actually, it seems like it will. The moderation process itself is expected to take a day or two, and will force scam submission accounts to reform their scams to sneak past whatever the moderation process actually is.