My intro to this story was reading their announcement of taking the timed exclusivity deal and I’m not surprised things got this bad (though I am still disgusted).
The entire first half of the announcement was a sarcastic cutting off of anyone who may have issue with the decision in absurd hyperbole, in the tone of an old fashion internet troll trying to derail a thread by making a select few posters angry enough to engage. The part of the statement where they actually explained their understandable reasons was fine, but everything before it was very ill conceived. I’m not sure how they expected people would react to that.
HOWEVER, capital g Gamers deciding this means they get to stalk, harass, and attempt to dox them is inexcusable under any circumstance.
The entire problem with trying to talk about the genuinely worrying problems of Epic’s aggressive moves in the PC market space and why it may be bad for indie development in the long run (especially if you make visual novels) is that the racist, sexist hordes who share this hobby with us have dived into the issue with their usual tact and understanding (aka none at all) while failing to understand what their complaints even are beyond the usual entitlement and tribalism.
Kind of hard to be worried about Tencent buying up a large chunk of the industry and Epic’s business practices and inner-company culture (you’ll never guess who does a lot of crunch!) when you’re currently seeing mobs form and try to destroy lives over effectively nothing while ignoring the actual worrying implications of the things they say their mad about.
Indie devs taking the deal makes perfect sense and is something they should absolutely do for short term stability because Steam is failing them massively at giving them a purchasing base they used to have. At the same time, what we may end up getting to replace Steam might be worse for both consumers and devs (depending on the type of games you make).
But yeah fuck everyone harassing the Ooblets devs.