Valve, the company behind the cloud-based Steam PC game platform, has recently adopted all that goes for its Steam Store, so the team can "focus less on trying to polish what's going on Steam and more about building them tools to give people control over what content they see. "The company said that it would only ban games and virtual objects that are" illegal or straightforward trolling. "
So what happens when a game it was not considered because of this open policy, is actively harmful to their players? That was the question after Valve had to start a game from the platform that apparently hijacked the players' computers to reduce crypto currency.
This is an activity called "kryptojacking" and it has been on its way up the past year. Mining virtual coins such as Bitcoin or Monero is an intensive task that requires a lot of processing power and electricity, so it's good money to exploit other people's computers for the purpose.
Criminals have used a number of crypto drives from breaking into the Tesla cloud account to put dumgy extensions on the Google Chrome plugin depot to sneak hidden code onto the US Courts website. And now we can add suspicious games to that list.
This game is called Abstractism an extremely minimalist "trivial platformer" that should hardly do anything in any computer performance. But last week, players began to notice that the game had a serious impact on performance, both in central and graphical processing units, and that it had a surprising amount of communication over its network connections.
It did not & # 39; t long time for many people to conclude that Abstractism was silent minecrypto currency on players' computers.
The game developer insisted that this was not the case, but the unlikely scenario suggested that high graphics settings took a fee on the computers.
But with the fact that the developer sold what seemed to be a rip-off of another spills in-game weapon, the choir grew crying as "scam" too high to bear. On Monday, Valve told the Kotaku game area that it "removed Abstractism and banned its Steam developer to send unauthorized code, trolling and scamming customers with misleading games in the game."
Fortune has asked Valve about this episode suggests that the company's new openness policy is problematic and will update this story when an answer comes in.