Following Positech Games CEO Cliff Harris' story of being heckled by Epic's Mark Rein at the Develop conference
and a brief follow-up
now has the text of an apology letter to Harris from Mark Rein. Here's a bit:
First of all I want to apologize. It was completely rude of me to interrupt your panel with my opinion no matter how well intentioned. I'm supremely passionate about the plight of indie developers, and game developers in general, and I heard something I thought was incorrect advice and I just couldn't keep my big mouth shut. But there's no excuse for bad manners. You called me on it and it made me realize that it is a behavior I need to try and change for these types of events in the future.
It's not like some great injustice was being done and needed commentary from me. I was just being a jerk.
But I did want you to understand that it was not my intention to criticize the fact that you reply to your fans' emails or discourage anyone from doing that. What caused me to speak up was when I heard you talk about revealing important news items about games through 1-on-1 emails and in forums. My opinion is that doing so runs the risk of these things no longer being 'news' when you need to use them to get publicity for your game.