By MARK GARZA and ROBERT BECKEREN, Associated Press – Steam’s servers are down.
You can’t access some of the game’s online features.
Some players are getting kicked off their account.
And some items are still banned from sale on the game-sharing site.
The issues come as some game publishers and developers try to crack down on the rise of online abuse, including a surge in bot accounts that harass people online and make money by buying items from other players.
The rise of bots has spawned a number of online games, from “League of Legends” to “Call of Duty: Black Ops” to the new “Battlefield 1” game.
But Steam has been among the few places to stay on top of it all.
The service’s community managers say they are working to address the growing problem and have put up an FAQ on the site to help users get the information they need.
Steam banned some items, including “Cats in Cars 3,” which many players believe was a reference to the dog breed.
But it also blocked some games from sale, including the popular game “Rumble” and “Sid Meier’s Civilization VI.”
The bot accounts also appeared to be targeting other popular games, including Call of Duty, which has seen its sales slump in recent weeks.
The ban on “Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare” came about because it contains the word “CATS” and the phrase “SID MERICKS,” the developers said in a blog post.
They also noted that the game was the first title they had removed from sale for bot-related reasons.
In a statement, a Steam spokesperson said the bot accounts were removed for botting and other reasons.
The developer said it was also taking steps to ensure bots don’t create new accounts for itself.
It was not immediately clear what the ban on the other “Call” games would do.
Steam recently rolled out a tool that makes it easy to flag “Cities” or “Civilizations” games for bots.
If you’re not happy with the bot, you can simply click on the “Report bot” button on a game’s page and it will send you a report.
“We’re continuing to work to improve our bot and other services to help combat bot activity,” the company said in the statement.
“We’ve taken some actions recently to prevent bot activity from increasing and to prevent the creation of bots.”
It’s not the first time the game developers have taken steps to combat bot abuse.
In January, Valve stopped selling a popular game called “Madden NFL 15” for the purpose of testing out new features, but the company did not remove the game from sale.