I mean if you dig deeper corruption is even at the workshop submission level.
The way Valve runs user submissions that get into the game is pretty cut and dry. You get noticed and selected for inclusion, submit paperwork and it’s done. However Valve doesn’t like paperwork, who does, and that process can be lengthy so typically what happens is once you are in you are a lot more likely to get selected again in the future. This has led to groups forming that submit as a whole with the idea being if at least one of their items is selected the entire group is essentially getting contracts and more likely to individually get selected in the future.
This is particularly noticeable around The Huntsman collection. There are some great skins in there but they vary wildly in quality and all of them have the same 10 or so people attached. I know what the process involved is like after working with this dumb engine for 6+ years and know plenty of people who make skins that get into TF2 and CSGO, you don’t need 10 people touching a skin for a pistol. Not surprisingly following this none of them ever work together on a submission again.
Then there’s the entire over running of not submissions and blatant ads now on the workshop that valve is incapable of handling some how. The system they put in place earlier this year quickly turned out to be mostly false considering the day after multiple ad/bot submissions got through their manual review process and continue to do so. Comment spam is also still rampant with links to sites promising free skins.