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Cyberpunk 2077 is getting review bombed for winning Labor of Love Steam award

Published: 19:25, 05 January 2023
Updated: 20:34, 05 January 2023
Cyberpunk 2077 upset some players after a popularity contest
Cyberpunk 2077 upset some players after a popularity contest

Cyberpunk 2077 is currently undergoing a rather peculiar review bombing with players being dissatisfied it won a Steam Award.

When Valve  launched the Steam Awards feature, they probably didn't expect it to cause controversy but here we are.

At the very beginning of 2023, CD Projekt Red 's RPG , which soured the fans' moods on release, managed to win the Labor of Love award which many thought was undeserved.

This particular award was meant for games that were released a while ago, with the developers constantly providing updates to nurture it into being the best version of itself.

Technically, Cyberpunk 2077 fits the criteria but the problem is that the game is constantly being updated so it can finally deliver on what was promised before release. In other words, it is still trying to become what it was supposed to be at launch - two years ago. 

In comparison, one of the other nominees, No Man's Sky had a similarly troubled launch but the devs redeemed it with the update 1.5 at the start of 2018. And yet, it is still being updated today, with devs making it better still.

CD Projekt Red Idris Elba in Cyberpunk 2077 Sure, Cyberpunk 2077 is getting an expansion soon but it still has problems that may never be solved

Players really disliked the manipulation of semantics and started review-bombing CP2077, with many of them bringing out valid arguments why it shouldn't have been chosen but they forgot two key issues about their approach.

First, this will cast a shade at review bombing, letting companies discredit such an approach in the future when they actually do something that deserves it.

Second, Steam Awards are basically a popularity contest - the more players experienced a game, the higher the chance of winning. It is not necessarily about the quality of the support but more often about the number of players who get to vote. Of that, Cyberpunk has plenty so it was always likely it would be the winner.


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