Yes, There's Been Attempts By Fake Debian Devs To Scam Valve's Entire Games Library

Last month, Valve made a rather generous offer to genuine developers of the Linux-derived Debian operating system: drop us a line and we'll give you the entire library of Valve games free. Unsurprisingly, such a juicy offer has had its share of scam attempts, though you can rest assured that the offer is being well policed.

According to Collabora's Jo Shields, who is responsible for verifying the claims, the majority of responses have been from legitimate devs, with 279 approved so far and only 22 enquires refused. Of those 22, 10 were honest requests that didn't meet the criteria, while seven were half-hearted (and easily identifiable) scam attempts. The last five, however, can only be described as incredibly dodgy.

As Shields explains, the requests try to look valid, but make elementary mistakes — mostly involving not signing their emails correctly with GPG. Even if this system wasn't in place, I'd probably raise an eyebrow at any email that contained little more than the sentence "I'm would like to get the valve produced games".

So, if you were thinking of trying one on in the hopes of bagging yourself all of Valve's games, you're extremely unlikely to succeed.

Dear fake debian developers, shoo [Apebox, via Softpedia]


    It's Valve's game library, not the whole Steam library. Let's face it, if you're into games you probably own all/most of them already. Even if you didn't, they're not terribly expensive.

      Thanks for the correction That Guy, I've updated the article.

      It also includes all future Valve games though (including Half Life 3), so it will include things people don't yet have.

        >Future Valve games
        >Half Life 3
        Pick one.

    Well, Left for Dead 1 +2,Portal and Team Fortress have all been free at one point and everything else you could pick up in the Orange Box for a tenner,so no big deal.

    What a surprise linux users don't think they should have to pay for things.

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