Several hundred games were mysteriously removed from Steam last night. Around 980 games and soundtracks were banned from the platform last night, as according to PC Gamer, their publisher was “abusing” its Steamworks dev tools.
As first noted on Reddit (via PCGamesN), hundreds of games began disappearing from the platform late last night. None of the titles were particularly mainstream, but many had been available on the storefront for several months, garnering a number of positive reviews.
In a statement given to PC Gamer, Valve says that it “recently discovered a handful of partners that were abusing some Steamworks tools,” and that affected parties had been informed. A number of the games removed are tied to a single Russian publisher, Dagestan Technology, which seems to operate on the platform under a number of different names. Other companies do appear to have been affected, but it’s not clear exactly how many, or whether their games will ever return to the Steam.