Valve Pulls Game After Developer Tweets Threat

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Social media has brought many great things to the gaming community, chief among which being a much closer and more personal connection with the people who make our games. Unfortunately, it has also had the effect of giving faces to the otherwise faceless, a voice to those who for the sake of the company’s public image, perhaps shouldn’t be given an open microphone.

Paranautical Activity has been removed from Steam and Valve has terminated its contract with the developer after Mike Maulbeck posted a profanity-laced rant on Twitter. In his tweets, Maulbeck called Valve “incompetent,” lamented the company’s monopoly, and expressed his hopes that the platform would no longer be a monopoly by the time his next game released. Maulbeck posted another tweet that has since been deleted, stating “I am going to kill gabe newell. He is going to die.”

Whether or not the “threat” was genuine is irrelevant to what transpired. At the end of the day, video games are a business and companies like Valve expect a certain amount of professional conduct from their partners. Business issues should be dealt with professionally via email, not through vitriolic rants on Twitter.

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  • I understand being pissed off and needing to vent. I don’t see where doing it on a public forum would have ever been a good idea. Text that shit to your wife. Don’t put it out there for the world to see.

    • Connor

      I always recommend the draft method, where you write an angry email to the person and then delete the draft. You get the satisfaction of venting your feelings without any of the ramifications. For the purposes of not accidentally sending the email, I recommend disconnecting from the internet first.