Steam Shields Borderlands Games from Review Bombing

A tweet from Steam Database notes that Borderlands 2 is the first game to benefit from Valve's recently announced plan to prevent malicious review bombing of titles on Steam. Word is: "Borderlands 2 is the first game on Steam to make use of the 'off-topic reviews' marking. Over 4000 reviews are excluded from the rating calculation." Similarly, off-topic reviews for the original Borderlands are also being filtered from the main results. The bombings in question stems from the recent announcement that Borderlands 3 will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store for the first six months following the release of the shooter sequel. An interesting aside here is that although Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford placed responsibility for the store exclusivity on publisher 2K Games, he tweeted about bitterness over Valve's disinterest in addressing the review bombing before they ultimately did just that. Ironically (especially since he characterized his complaint as ironic), he said it makes him "kind of happy about 2k’s decision" and that this motivated him to "want to reconsider Gearbox Publishing’s current posture on the platform."
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CJ_Parker wrote on Apr 7, 2019, 23:21:
EA has never even begun to TRY to "kill" Steam. EA don't give much of a shit about the PC anyway. Their PC revenue has always been hovering about the ~15% mark of their total net revenue (16% for 2018). Their business is conslows.

I disagree. When Origin was first introduced, EA was definitely trying to position it as a competitor to Steam. That's why they pulled games from Steam (like Dragon Age 2 and Crysis 2) and made everything exclusive to Origin. It's also why they sold third-party games in the first-place. However, once they realized that exclusives wouldn't be enough to overthrow Steam, they gave up and just used Origin as a way to sell their own games. Epic will come to the same realization once they learn that people only use EGS for the exclusives and nothing else.
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