It is one thing that a game-to-game game is removed from Steam for legal reasons such as a license that expires or contains offensive content. But what if a game is a massive scam and is harmful to computers? Sounds crazy, right? I wish I was so naive.
If you have never heard of the game Abstraction, be happy. If you had, you might have been betrayed by his pitch. For just a dollar, abstractionism seemed a pretty sweet deal. It was nothing more than a simple platformer (though that term is even somewhat generous) in which the players controlled a black square and the wall jumped between white platforms. And occasionally, for a change, players would control a white square and a wall between black platforms. It's the kind of stuff that causes Flashbacks of Digital Homicide's sins against games, but that's just the tip of the evil's evil iceberg, which is abstract.
According to various sources, especially YouTube creator SidAlpha, the developer of abstracts, Okalo Union, involved people with fake Team Fortress 2 items. Take, for example, the experience of Steam user PoorAsianBoy by buying something he considers the Strange Australium Rocket Launcher. It looks like the normal rocket launcher used by the Soldier in Team Fortress 2, except gilded. He bought the item from Okalo Union for $ 1
What is the difference between a normal Australium rocket launcher and a professional Killstreak? The Strange Professional Killstreak Australium Rocket Launcher is attached to the Abstraction, not to Team Fortress 2, which means that PoorAsianBoy spent $ 100 on a thumbnail image because he can not use an item in Team Fortress 2. Okalo Union has tried to erase everything evidence that it's been trying to sell the item, and it would have gotten away with it if it had not given the intrusive URLs that refuse to change and actually confirm that the studio tried to sell a fake item. Well, if that had been the end of the abstract, I probably would not have written that article. But it is getting worse. It becomes much, much much worse.
Many players think that abstractionism is not a game. Well, technically it's a game, but under the modest facade of abstraction, the two worst fears of a PC player are hidden: a computer virus and a cryptocurrency artist. A Steam user named CrowZero launched a thread that showed his copy of malwarebytes tagged with an executable file that came with Abstractism. This executable was supposedly designed to reward the player with free items, and Malwarebytes called it a generic malware. When SidAlpha scanned the executable himself, he found that it was not a generic malware but a Trojan, and if two anti-virus programs agree on a diagnosis, that is worrisome.
Concerning the Cryptomining Allegations They were just that: allegations made by Steam users when they saw the game that had the graphic fidelity of Super Mario Bros. on a TI-83 Plus machine many CPU and GPU resources. But (and that's a big but), Okalo Union responded to these allegations by stating that the game was not some kind of cryptocurrency, right after the studio found (in the same answer, not less) the game mines Monero coins that is a form of cryptocurrency. Either the studio lied, or it really does not know that Monero coins are cryptocurrency.
Now you may have noticed that you can no longer buy abstractism. That's because the game is no longer available. Thank you for all that God wishes to thank you, but Valve has since removed the game from the Steam Marketplace. The users made enough noise, and Valve responded with the brave and relentless Revenge of the Banhammer.
Only time will tell if this is the end of the Okalo Union saga or if it will return with all its might.