Developers of Banana: “Our Game Is Not a Scam, It’s a Real-Life Money Cheat Code”

Twenty years ago, the future of the gaming industry seemed quite different. However, in 2024, one of the most popular Steam releases of all time is a game about a banana. The developers insist their project is not a scam but essentially a cheat code for real-life money.

That said, one of the three developers behind Banana was caught engaging in fraudulent activities on Steam. The other two have since fired him and are now clarifying why their project is not a scam. For context, Banana is a clicker game where the entire content consists of a banana image on the screen. Clicking on the banana can sometimes yield items for the Steam inventory, most of which are worth a few cents on the marketplace. Occasionally, players might get an item worth up to a hundred dollars.

Here’s the developers’ reasoning: Banana is not a scam project but a glitch for infinite money—for themselves and Valve. Valve takes a 5% commission (at least 1 cent) from every item sold in the inventory, with a small commission also going to the developers (a minimum of 1 cent). Players sell virtual bananas for an average of 3 cents, from which Valve gets 1 cent, and the developers get another cent. Considering that around two million bananas have been sold so far, Valve has earned approximately $20,000, with the developers receiving a similar amount.

So, how is this a scam? It’s a rhetorical question, especially given that most “players” of Banana are bots. The developers’ logic explains why Valve hasn’t reacted to this peculiar project. However, there are concerns that Valve might soon have to take action, as this could set a dangerous precedent, potentially flooding Steam with similar “money cheat code” games. This scenario is especially pertinent for American audiences, where the debate over the legitimacy and ethics of such games could gain significant traction.

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