The last Steam Controllers ever made sold out this week

The last Steam Controllers ever made sold out this week

VALVE HAS PURGED almost 1,000 games from Steam after it was deemed their publishers have been abusing the Steamworks.

It's true that the Steam Controller got several things wrong; it felt cheap and flimsy compared to its established console counterparts, and it was never really all that good for playing games designed with two analog stick in mind - ie. the huge number of console ports now on PC.

As first noted on Reddit (via PCGamesN), hundreds of games began disappearing from the platform late last night. "But that was exactly what my previous publisher did over a year ago". It's now completely empty.

It's a bit like a Steam version of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon: Some of the connections in the "related games" lists aren't immediately obvious, but the steps do lead from one point to the next, and Frock appears to be onto something. Many users were asking for a cleanup for a while now and it seems Valve actually took action.

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. "We emailed all the affected partners".

The Steam Autumn Sale continues until Tuesday 3 December (10am PST) with reductions in price for thousands of games - comfortably covering Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

It's now unclear whether the affected games will ever return to Steam, or if the publishers and partners contacted by Valve will be allowed to continue working with and putting out games on the digital storefront.

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