Xbox Live Indie Games: ratings system overhaul

Tuesday, 19th April 2011 08:18 GMT By Stace Harman

Following a spate of suspected malicious and bogus low ratings for games on Xbox’s indie game service, Microsoft has stepped in and changed the way votes are cast.

A post on Microsoft’s developers network blog said:

“We’ve heard your feedback and have made some changes to the ratings system on Starting [April 18], only users with Xbox LIVE Gold subscriptions will be allowed to rate content on the website.”

Microsoft said it hoped this change will reduce the potential for misuse of the system which previously allowed anybody with a free Xbox Live account to rate games via the website, irrespective of whether the user had purchased or played the game.

An investigation began after a number of highly-rated titles received a flurry of negative ratings in rapid succession. Gamasutra reported that this appeared to take place shortly after the developer of indie title College Lacrosse: The Video Game requested that fans rated its game highly to drive it up the charts.

The statement from Microsoft went on to say that it had investigated the possibility of rolling back suspect votes but that it has “determined it will not be possible to do this.”

Lastly, Microsoft is “investigating users who may have violated their user agreement during this series of events.”

It reminded users that the penalty for such violation could be be a ban from Xbox Live, a removal of any currently posted games and the possible loss of ability to post games in the future.



  1. Noodlemanny

    You can be banned for rating lowly? … Why am I even reading this article?

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Blerk

    You can be banned for registering tons of accounts in order to pimp your own game and purposely put down others. Normal voters do not need to be alarmed.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Noodlemanny

    Indeed this makes considerably more sense. Although I must say, how can you distinguish between a spam account and a real one? (particularly as you must use a different email for each account you make)

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Blerk

    IP addresses are your friend. Or enemy, depending on how you look at it.

    #4 4 years ago

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