Valve Corporation: Remove WarZ from the Steam Market pending further investigation
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Valve Corporation: Remove WarZ from the Steam Market pending further investigation

    1. Jeremy Neil
    2. Petition by

      Jeremy Neil

      Methuen, MA

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December 2012

Victory

From Petition Creator Jeremy Neil: Valve heard our collective voices, either because of the petition or more likely because of the people messaging them through their support.

WarZ has been accused of fraud by a number of its players, who are banned and unable to play the game. The company has also been accused of banning legitamite players simply because they know they will buy the game again, instead of just banning hackers and rule breakers. The have also been said to ban players who have requested a refund after discovering the game is not what was advertized, only to threaten they will blacklist their PayPal accounts if they do. The game previously boasted private servers, skills that could be learned, four different maps each over 100 square kilometers, and hardcore mode upon its release. There are no private servers unless you pay extra for them, Hardcore mode was added only after enough people complained, and there is only one map, and it is only a pathetic ten square kilometers--nowhere NEAR the 100 square kilometers still advertized on Steam. The company has even allegedly talked about cancelling all development and abandoning the game if they do not make a certain amount of money after six months. Despie being advertized as a finished product, the game is still very broken and still very much in development--assuming that the company behind WarZ actually plans to finish the game at all. Furthermore, the company has very recently patched their game to increase respawn time unless players buy an additional in-game product so they can respawn instantly. However, what's really the problem is they have changed their terms of service on all players, declaring they will no longer allow refunds. They didn't allow refunds before, but now they're trying to cover themselves legally on a game that is already falsely advertized, which is illegal as-is.

Are these allegations just an internet hoax of a sore-sport group of DayZ fans and stupid kids who got banned for breaking the rules? Or is this a serious case of fraud?

The request is simple; stop the sale of WarZ on the Steam marketplace until an investigation is conducted.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. The War Z Pulled from Steam - IGN

      Jeremy Neil
      Petition Organizer

      Valve has issued a statement: "From time to time a mistake can be made and one was made by prematurely issuing a copy of War Z for sale via Steam. We apologize for this and have temporary removed the sale offering of the title until we have time to work with the developer and have confidence in a new build. Those who purchased the game and wish to continue playing it via Steam may do so. Those who purchased the title via Steam and are unhappy with what they received may seek a refund by creating a ticket at our support site."

      If you want a refund, now's the time!

      The War Z Pulled From Steam - IGN

      Update 2: The War Z has been removed from Steam's new release list. Valve has provided a statement regarding what's going on: "From time to time a mistake can be made and one was made by prematurely issuing a copy of War Z for sale via Steam.

    3. WarZ taken down from Steam Marketplace!

      Jeremy Neil
      Petition Organizer

      Check out this article!

      http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-12-19-the-war-z-dev-apologises-to-gamers-who-misread-steam-page-hits-out-at-dayz-fanboys

      And look at the Steam store for yourselves! You can no longer buy the game! Now, we wait for Valve's official statement. Keep recruiting supporters until Valve gives the final word if it's a scam or not. (No doubt it's a bad game, but a bad game does not mean it's a scam.)

      The War Z dev apologises to gamers who "misread" Steam page, hits out at "extreme DayZ fanboys"

      The War Z developer Hammerpoint Interactive has issued an apology after gamers accused it of false advertising. Earlier this week the zombie survival shooter went on sale on Steam, Valve's distribution platform. It quickly rose to the top of the sales chart, but gamers seized on the product description, accusing it of misleading potential customers.

    4. Reached 250 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Matthew Girard GEORGETOWN, MA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Any game developer that tries to screw over it's customers should not only be prevented form selling their game, but should be taken to court to ensure that the players being defrauded get their money back. These people should at least face civil litigation, if not jail time.

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    • Mark Campos CHESTERFIELD, MO
      • almost 2 years ago

      Allowing this game to remain on STEAM and allowing the developers to escape a fitting punishment for fraud will destroy Valve and Gabe Newell's reputation.

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    • Ben J. MANTI, UT
      • almost 2 years ago

      Scams shouldn't be allowed to prosper.

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    • Andrew Capparelli MOSELEY, VA
      • almost 2 years ago

      No game developers should scam faithful customers out of money just to make a profit on a game that may not have otherwise. If the game is unfinished, they should finish it. If the game should be finished, they should not nickle and dime , or flat out lie to players for what is advertised in the description of the game . People want to play a finished, polished, and exciting game, not spend dozens of dollars for no good reason.

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    • Nick Horsley AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      No one should support a company like this.

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