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Abstractism, an indie game, has been accused of using unfair practices by hijacking user’s computers to mine cryptocurrencies. The game was available for download on Steam game store.

Steam received complaints from a number of users stating the setup file of the game may include a Trojan virus and malware as steam.exe processes and launcher.

Different players, further, investigated and found that the processes were actually concealed cryptocurrency miners that used to infect player’s computer and mine Monero.

The game was released on Steam on 15th March by developer Okalo Union and publisher dead.team.

According to Motherboard, there were alert signals that the game would be running processes without notifying to the player. Moreover, the game would incentivise with rare in games items, if players ran the game even when they were not playing it.

One user pointed out on Steam Community Market that an in-game item for Abstractism is a replica of an item in Team Fortress 2. Gamers considered the similarity as an intentional tatic to lead shoppers into buying $100 golden rocket launcher that would not function in the latter game.

Youtuber like SidAlpha went deep into the game and founded that the game would peculiarly eat a large amount of computer resources. Additionally, while playing the game, the users were often received malware alerts possibly because the game looped the user’s system into mining operations.

The developer, Okalo Union, has rejected all the allegations. Union claims that the game would only consume GPU and CPU resources if the gamers play it on high graphics setting and no crypto mining is being done.

He said, “Abstractism does not mine any of cryptocurrency. Probably, you are playing on high graphics settings, because they take a bit of CPU and GPU power, required for post-processing effects rendering.”

The publisher dead.team made use of patched to deny the allegations, saying that the two execution files that the game runs are “apps are required to connect to the Steam and grant items to your inventory.”

On 30th July, Value Corporation, owner of Steam marketplace removed the game and banned its developers from Stream for transmitting unauthorised code, “trolling with content and scamming customers with deceptive in-game items”

There is no news about the cash that Okalo and dead.team made through the mining operation and by counterfeiting goods. Steampsy, the website that extracts information about Steam games, have estimated that around 6,000 users have downloaded the

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