Valve has given developer Digital Homicide the boot from Steam meaning that their games are no longer available on the platform as the company were “hostile to Steam customers”.
Digital Homicide are infamous in the PC gaming scene for their poorly received games as well as how they respond to critics, and it seems that the final straw for Valve may have been Digital Homicide’s attempt to sue 100 Steam users for $18m, as well as an attempt to legally force into Valve revealing the Steam users’ real identities. Digital Homicide feel that they have been the target of unfair criticism and accusations from some of Steam’s users as well as other gaming critics.
The company are also currently trying to sue game critic Jim Sterling for over $10m on the grounds of “assault, libel and slander”.
The lawsuit, which has been documented by Kotaku, states that Digital Homicide feel that they are the target of harassment from a Steam group called “Digital Homicides Poop Games”. The group is accused of spamming comments, making false accusations and posting negative reviews “to cause financial damage and emotional and mental anguish.”
As a result of Digital Homicide’s treatment of Steam customers, Valve decided to get rid of the developer from its platform for good not long after the lawsuit was filed.
“Valve has stopped doing business with Digital Homicide for being hostile to Steam customers,” Valve said in a statement.