Web developer sneaks game onto Steam without Valve’s permission

Ben Parfitt
Web developer sneaks game onto Steam without Valve’s permission

An English web developer going by the name Ruby has successfully uploaded a game to Steam, without Valve's permission, to illustrate a security loophole.

The game, if you can call it that, was called Watch Paint Dry. It was a spoof title, really, and has since been removed by Valve. It was uploaded after Ruby discovered that the Steamworks Developer Program had vulnerabilities that allowed a user to upload unvetted software to the online store.

Ruby has since apologised for the short-term controversy the release caused, which left people once again questioning Valve's quality control procedures.

This is no more than a prank and was merely to test something I've been trying to report to Valve for the past few months – the ability to get any game you want on Steam, without Valve ever even having a look at it,” a blog post explained.

I will admit that it appearing straight away in the new releases section was an oversight on my part. I initially wanted it to have ‘Coming April 1st' and not show up until Friday (though I wouldn't have expected it to last that long). I will also admit I was very tempted to try and see how far along releasing it I could get, but I think it's for the best that the app is not listed for sale.

I have been in contact with Valve who have now fixed the vulnerability.”