Indie Dev Threatens Gabe Newell, Has Game Removed From Steam

Indie Dev Threatens Gabe Newell, Has Game Removed From Steam

If you're a developer selling a game on Steam, it's probably not the best idea in the world to tweet a death threat to the guy who owns Steam.

That's what indie developer Mike Maulbeck did earlier today, though, and it's now something he probably regrets.

The day should have started off pretty well! Maulbeck's game, Paranautical Activity, was included as part of a Steam store section highlighting Halloween-themed games.

Only, it was listed as an Early Access title, not a final product (the game had been only recently completed). That mistake sent Maulbeck into a Twitter tirade.

Things took a real nasty turn, though, when Mike — as Player Attack point out, not helped by his Halloween Twitter username being "Murderbeck" — tweeted the following.

Indie Dev Threatens Gabe Newell, Has Game Removed From Steam

He soon deleted the tweet, but despite his later regrets - Maulbeck tells Polygon " I didn't mean what I said" - the damage had been done (and the screencaps had been made).

"We have removed the game's sales page and ceased relations with the developer after he threatened to kill one of our employees", a Valve spokesperson told Kotaku. Which only made Mike's day/life worse.

If there's a lesson to be learned from all of this, it's... OK, no, I don't really need to spell it out.

Game dropped from Steam after Gabe death threat [Player Attack]


    the thing that I feel made it worse for him is that the death threat tweet reads like a very real, very calm declaration of intent to kill. If he had instead posted "%@@%@%@@ Gabe Newell, I want to kill him" it would be taken a lot less seriously.

    Really? That DIDN'T end well for the devs? Strange.

    Perhaps it would be wise to think before you act. No sympathy for people who can't control their anger. Maybe the developer has learnt from this but I doubt it.

    He threatened thy holy gabeN. He deserves the divine retribution that comes with it... All hail the mighty gabeN, Spread your wallets wide for thy holy sales.

    Last edited 22/10/14 4:47 am

    The question we have to ask is has Gabe been driven from his home due to this threat?

    Gabe should man up and take the silly comment on the chin and learn from Steams continued mistakes.

    All he had to do was say "Hey Steam, the game's not in early access anymore. Can you please fix this?" Instead he goes into instant rage mode

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