Steam User Review system changes made by Valve
So #Valve have made improvement changes to its Steam User Review system. Hence their attempt to “fine-tune” the actual relevance of the overall #reviewscore associated with each product. Which has been a long time coming for many Linux #games, to be honest.
So as of this week, review scores will no longer account reviews submitted by users who received the game for free. Hence keys sent via gift or during a free weekend. Which should make for some interesting results, particularly for indie games.
Since users that obtain games via gift or a free weekend can still submit a submit a review. This will no longer count towards a title’s overall score.
“With the changes we are making now, the review score (shown at the top of store pages and in various places throughout the store such as search results) will no longer include reviews by users that received the game for free, such as via a gift, or during a free weekend. Reviewers can still write comments. Customers that obtained the game in any of these ways, but the review will not count toward the overall review score.
We started rolling out this change earlier this week, and it will take a few more days for our system to completely update all reviews and re-calculate the scores. In the meantime, you may see the review score on a game change a couple of times depending on how many reviews come from the sources mentioned above.”
Since Valve rolled out the latest change earlier this week, obviously it will be a few days for the update to take effective. Hence the system will change completely for reviews and re-calculating overall scores.
As such, the company also warned that users and developers may see review scores change. Since this could happen a few times over the coming days. Valve also explain which game types will be affected:
“This change only affects games that are in the list as “for sale” on Steam. For free or free-to-play games, reviews by all users will continue to count toward their review score.”
It’s also worth noting that the change only affects games that are listed for sale on Steam. Free-to-play and such titles won’t be impacted by the latest tweaks.
Since this is the latest in a string of changes made by Valve. The company previously disregarding reviews submitted by Steam key users. While regaining slightly on those changes in the following update.