It goes without saying that there’s a lot of hate from certain gamers about the Epic Games Store and a lot of that is because of the exclusivity deals that Epic Games have implemented so that a title makes its way onto their digital storefront first. Not only is Epic getting some flack for their exclusivity deals, but even indie developers are coming under fire. Enter Ooblets developers Rebecca Cordingley and Ben Wasser, who have reportedly been getting a lot of harassment from some gamers.
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Last week, Wasser revealed that their farming life sim, Ooblets, would be an Epic Games Store exclusive. Wasser did say that threatening to pirate a game because it doesn’t appear on a particular storefront is the epitome of “immature, toxic gamers” but the post was meant to be lighthearted, as he added that this is “low-stakes” and nothing to get worked up about.
Since then, the developer has been under fire by certain gamers, from threatening messages to spreading fake news about this indie developer and even sending them wildly inappropriate images from gore to pornography. The developer explained that:
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”#33f9ff” class=”” size=”22″]We’ve been getting thousands if not tens of thousands of hateful, threatening messages across every possible platform nonstop. It’s especially hurtful since we’ve had such a positive, supportive relationship with our audience throughout development.[/perfectpullquote]
An example of fake news can be read below.
Gotta quickly address the faked screenshot going around of me supposedly saying “gamers would be better off in gas chambers”. Obviously never said that, and as a Jewish person, this one really hurt to see being spread around.
It’d help if you could report people spreading it.
— perplamps (@perplamps) August 3, 2019
Epic Games has now had enough of this and has taken a stand against developer abuse who choose Epic Games Store exclusivity. Epic has posted a serious “Statement of misinformation and abuse” to the public, which you can read in full below.
Should developers receive so much abuse simply for choosing to safeguard their own futures with an Epic Games Store exclusivity deal? I personally don’t think so.
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