Valve has made it mandatory for Steam users spend a minimum of $5 or store $5 dollars in the account to access certain features. The move by the gaming site is aimed at keeping spammers at bay, who are unlikely to spend $5 for scamming online gamers.
Certain features like sending invites, group chat, rating reviews, posting discussions, using browser and mobile chat will require the minimum-account. Steam states that spammers were operating accounts, where no amount was spent. The gaming company has studied the behavior of malicious accounts by based on the spending behavior of accounts.
“We’ve chosen to limit access to these features as a means of protecting our customers,” said Steam.
The company has decided to restrict the community features, until the account exceeds the minimum account of $5. Most Steam users are unlikely to face a problem as they spend a minimum of $5 on a daily basis. However, users are given the option of spending the $5 amount on a gift or adding it into Steam wallet. Other restricted features include Steam profile levels, submitting content on Steam workshop and Steam web API.
The new move is followed by the company’s move to deploy Mobile Authenticator program. The program is also aimed at protecting gamers from spammers. The program in beta mode, is inviting users to join and download an app, which will initiate two-factor authentication. The primary goal is to protect user accounts. The iOS and Android app is now available for download.
Several reports of phishing and spamming has pushed the company to bring in measures for protecting user accounts. However, it remains to be seen if the new minimum account value will help in preventing some well-funded spammers.
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