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After controversy causing a game developer to have his game be revoked from the Steam store front. Paranautical Activity’s Mike Maulbeck in a moment of passion took to twitter to vent about the advertisement banner on Steam not being clear that his game had left Early Access, threatened Gabe Newell.

In recent days, he had sold the rights to his game to Digerati Distribution who had changed the name to Paranautical Activity: Deluxe Atonement Edition in order to appease Valve’s promise to never allow any form of interaction for Mikes companty, Code Avarice. Due to this act, the game is back on the store front and is available for purchase once again.

It goes to show there’s always a way to get out of a bit of a predicament, but all of this could have been avoided had all the parties took a step back and calmed themselves; how do you feel about all of this? Were the actions of either party justified?

  • You may want to provide more context, as I somehow ended up at this article (as an avid gamer and steam user) but don’t really understand it. For example, “in order to appease Valve’s promise to never allow any form of interaction for Mikes companty, Code Avarice.” Can you provide some background on who Mike is, why did value promise to “never allow any form of interaction” for his company — I don’t know what ‘interaction’ represents here.

    • The original story has been widely reported, and this article gives a reasonable summary. Mike from Code Avarice tweeted he was going to murder Gabe Newell. Try googling “Gabe Newell Threatened” to bring yourself up to date. Seems like a reasonable solution for Valve and Code Avarice. For some reason, Code Avarice still has not figured out they are excommunicated and continue to work with this guy Mike on a new title. Good luck selling that.

      • Thanks for the further explanation! Yup the story’s reasonably old, but yeah, Mike and his team Code Avarice are a team of indie devs that really needed the Steam platform to sell their games, because of one thoughtless threat.

        And interaction is to be a bit clearer, is basically Steam giving any form of support for the game or the devs. Which is why giving the game off to someone else would mean the game would have a chance to be back on Steam.

      • Pesko

        Sorry everyone is not up to speed 100% on every gaming news event. As is typical in online media, news articles frequently provide in-line hyperlinks to relevant articles when reporting a follow-on event. If this site did that, we wouldn’t be discussing this point.

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