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, 23:56:
Complete bullshit. The reason EA was KICKED FROM Steam was due to a violation of the Steam TOS. EA did not pull anything from Steam. They were forced out because of their business model.
EA wanted to sell DLC and establish GaaS sales from within their games at the time which bypassed the Steam store, i.e. greedy Gabe wouldn't have gotten his 30% cut of every EA DLC sale if the player clicked on a link in the EA game and would have been taken to an EA sales site.

Oh, my sweet summer child. EA just wanted to cut out the middle-man and get 100% profit on each sale. If getting 100% profit on each DLC was their only concern, then EA would still be releasing games without DLC on Steam, right? Except they aren't. There's no Mercenaries 2, no Unravel 1&2, no Saboteur, no A Way Out, etc. EA abandoned Steam because they wanted a 100% cut of everything. That's it. Honestly, I'm surprised they haven't pulled all of their older games from Steam as well. I'm guessing they want to continue monetizing those because they most likely don't sell at all on Origin.
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