There is a thing for a game to be removed from Damp due to legal reasons, such as a license that expires or contains offensive content, but what about when a game is a massive fraud and harmful to computers? Sounds crazy, right? I wish I was the naive.
If you have never heard of the game Abstraction, consider yourself lucky. If you had it, you may have been sucked in by the path. For just a buck seemed abstraction as a pretty sweet deal. It was nothing more than a bare-leg (although it was once generous) platform player where players controlled a black square and the wall ran between white platforms. And occasionally, for reasons of variation, players would control a white square and wall pitch between black platforms. It's the kind of thing that evokes flashbacks of Digital Homicide's sins against games, but it's just the top of the evil glacier that is Abstractism.
According to different sources, especially YouTuber user SidAlpha, Abstractism's developer, Okalo Union, has scammed people with fake Team Fortress 2 elements. Take for example Steam-user PoorAsianBoy's experience of buying what he thought was Strange Australium Rocket Launcher. It looks like the regular rocket launcher used by the soldier in Team Fortress 2, except gold plated. He bought the item from Okalo Union for $ 1
What's the difference between a regular Australian Rocket Launcher and a Professional Killstreak? The Strange Professional Killstreak Australia Rocket Launcher is linked to Abstractism, not Team Fortress 2, which means that PoorAsianBoy spent $ 100 on a thumbnail because he can not use an element associated with Abstractism in Team Fortress 2. Okalo Union has attempted to erase all evidence that attempted to sell the item and it would have gone away with it too, if it were not for those meddling URLs that refuse to change and actually confirm the studio tried to sell a fake item. Now, if this was the end of abstractism's con, I probably have not written this article. But it gets worse. There is a lot, much much worse.
According to many players, abstraction is not a game. Well, that's technical, it's a game, but hiding under the unassuming, whose gentle facade of Abstractism is the two worst fears of a PC player: a computer virus and a cryptocurrency mine. A steam user named CrowZero started a thread that displayed its copy of the Malwarebytes flag an executable that came with abstractism. This executable was supposed to let the program reward players with free items, and Malwarebytes labeled it as a generic malware. When SidAlpha scanned the driveability for himself, he discovered that there was not only generic malware, but instead a Trojan virus and when two antivirus programs agree on a diagnosis, there is cause for concern.
As for the charges of cryptomination, Well, they were just: Prosecutors – Steam users accused of seeing the game, which has the graphic fidelity of Super Mario Bros. on a TI-83 Plus calculator, used for many CPU and GPU resources. But (and this is a big but), Okalo Union responded to these accusations by saying that the game does not remind any kind of crypto currency just after the study (in the same answer no less) played the game Monero coins, which is a form for crypto currency. Either studio lied, or it does not really know Monero coins is crypto currency.
Now you may have noticed that you can not buy abstractism anymore. That's because the game is no longer available. Thank you, whatever God you want to thank, but Valve has since removed the game from the steam market. The users did enough noise, and Valve reacted with Banhammers rapid and unreasonable revenge.
Only time will tell if this is the end of the Okalo Union saga or if it returns with revenge.