Glumberland Studio Receives “Hateful, Threatening” Messages Over Epic Exclusivity Deal
The controversy has not released Epic Games Store since its debut and the American company has been the subject of harsh criticism by the community of PC players for its exclusivity model. Practically, any company or studio that reaches an agreement of this type with Epic is accused of treason by the players and the most recent case took place with Glumberland, a responsible studio of Ooblets, a situation that gave rise to a statement by Epic Games.
It all started after the publication that Glumberland uploaded to its Patreon site in which the studio expressed its displeasure, pain and frustration over the thousands of attacks and hate messages they received after announcing their temporary exclusivity agreement with Epic Games Store. This decision motivated Epic Games to do the same with a statement in which it denounces a hate campaign against the company and its partners, which has become a trend that only feeds hate, false news and unsubstantiated and destructive criticism about projects and the freedom of studios to choose a distribution platform.
The Epic Games release says the following:
“We at Epic Games have often shared our views about the game business and companies in it, and we support the entire game community’s right to speak freely and critically about these topics, including the topic of Epic, our products, and our store. When everyone shares their earnest views, the best ideas ultimately prevail.
“The announcement of Ooblets highlighted a disturbing trend which is growing and undermining healthy public discourse, and that’s the coordinated and deliberate creation and promotion of false information, including fake screenshots, videos, and technical analysis, accompanied by harassment of partners, promotion of hateful themes, and intimidation of those with opposing views.
“Epic is working together with many game developers and other partners to build what we believe will be a healthier and more competitive multi-store world for the future. We remain fully committed, and we will steadfastly support our partners throughout these challenges. Many thanks to all of you that continue to promote and advocate for healthy, truthful discussion about the games business and stand up to all manners of abuse.”
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