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As we learned earlier this year, Steam's Curator Connect feature stands to let developers search for appropriate Curators, and send them copies of their games directly through Steam. In what Tyler aptly described as a "formalized, proactive system for PR", the feature aims to prevent fraudsters from obtaining and reselling Steam keys.

According to Kotaku UK, Steam's Curator Connect is now operational, having spent the last several weeks in closed beta.

 

One notable benefit from our perspective as Steam users is that smaller curators, who were otherwise buried by more popular names in the old system, stand to become more visible. 

To echo Tyler, the Curator Connect system underscores Valve's push to see Steam less as an online store, and more of a self-governing environment for promoting, buying, selling and critiquing videogames. It's early days yet, so we'll be keeping an eye on how the changes are received and developed over the coming weeks and months.

 

Source: http://www.pcgamer.com/valve-quietly-launches-steams-anti-key-scamming-curator-connect-feature/



    

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It's a good move from everybody involved, but Valve will have to watch it closely or else it may become a real problem like we've seen with review sites that were forced to give good scores to certain games in order to keep recieving copies of their games.

And quite frankly, given how bad has Valve managed the whole Greenlight/Direct side of Steam, I'm not sure they'll manage to keep this part under control.



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Quick noob questions. What the hell do curators do?



Valve seems to be doing a ton of work to protect developers/publishers it seems... This in conjunction with trying to mitigate review bombing is a testament to that fact.

sethnintendo said:
Quick noob questions. What the hell do curators do?

They curate.
Think of them as a manager/overseer of museum pieces but apply that to video games.



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Pemalite said:

Valve seems to be doing a ton of work to protect developers/publishers it seems... This in conjunction with trying to mitigate review bombing is a testament to that fact.

sethnintendo said:
Quick noob questions. What the hell do curators do?

They curate.
Think of them as a manager/overseer of museum pieces but apply that to video games.

I think they are doing it because Steam is experiencing the same problems with other online games marketplaces - there are so many games out there, that soon nobody's making any money. Valve either needs to kill Steam on create a workaround.



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Pemalite said:

They curate.
Think of them as a manager/overseer of museum pieces but apply that to video games.

Oh what are they actually overseeing?  They preserving mods or something?



Pemalite said:
sethnintendo said:
Quick noob questions. What the hell do curators do?

They curate.
Think of them as a manager/overseer of museum pieces but apply that to video games.

Uh. Do they really do anything other than recommend products on Steam?



Zkuq said:
Pemalite said:

They curate.
Think of them as a manager/overseer of museum pieces but apply that to video games.

Uh. Do they really do anything other than recommend products on Steam?

If that's the case then I should try to become one.  Just look at this eloquent review I just recently posted for Plants Vs. Zombies GOTY edition on Steam.

 

 

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sethnintendo said:
Pemalite said:

They curate.
Think of them as a manager/overseer of museum pieces but apply that to video games.

Oh what are they actually overseeing?  They preserving mods or something?

I probably should have made that analogy a little better.

Think of Museum pieces as video games, curators take inventory on what's available, and gather the museum pieces that they enjoy and put them on display for the world to see.

Some will take mods into account.

Zkuq said:

Uh. Do they really do anything other than recommend products on Steam?

Some do, some don't.



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Pemalite said:
Zkuq said:

Uh. Do they really do anything other than recommend products on Steam?

Some do, some don't.

I know some do, but can they do so on Steam, in association with their Curator role? At least I'm not aware of anything like that.