By Jeff Bond on February 12, 2014 at 10:41pm
"Game Tycoon" was just released on Steam but ran into a bit of a bumpy start its way way to fame. You see, the game was missing the .exe file required to actually launch and play the game.
Soon after the issue was noticed, the developer patched the .exe in, and it seems that things are up and running and the game can be played by those who purchased it. Sure there are some lingering bugs and crash reports, but that's not the focal point here. The real question is, why was this not caught by either the developer or by Valve as part of the Steam approval process? Additionally, some users reported seeing in-game text in either German or English within the same version of the client.
With the addition of Steam Greenlight and Steam Early Access, small developers have been releasing a seemingly never ending stream of new titles, many funded via Kickstarter campaigns. All of these new titles are surely having an impact on Valve's ability to properly vet and moderate submissions, however the question remains of how far should this moderation go? You cannot judge a good game or a bad game because that would subjective. Basic functionality however, such as being able to launch the game, should be checked.
We have reached out to the developer for more information.