on the backlash that beset the developers of
a deal to launch exclusively on the Epic Games Store. An
asks for some understanding, noting "getting some funding is going to make a
huge difference for Ooblets." Word is they've received thousands of "hateful,
threatening messages" over the news. This prompted the
following statement from Epic
on the situation:
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.