Digital Homicide "Destroyed", Drops Legal Case Against Steam Users

Digital Homicide "Destroyed", Drops Legal Case Against Steam Users

James Romine says case is gone for financial reasons.

Last month, Digital Homicide filed a subpoena, seeking to find the personal information of 100 Steam users. The users were part of the "consumer advocacy group" called Digital Homicides, which points out the developer's many Steam Greenlight submissions due to Digital Homicide's poor quality releases on the Steam store. The subpoena was part of an $18 million case against these users, citing damage to Digital Homicide's business. In response, Valve delisted all of Digital Homicide's games from Steam.

According to TechRaptor, on September 26 Digital Homicide founder James Romine filed to have his court case dismissed. He has cited financial reason for the dismissal.

"The case dismissal was only due to financial reasons caused by the removal of our games. I believe the case was very solid," Romine told TechRaptor. "There were in excess of 140 false statements by the 11 steam users, tens of thousands of posts harassing myself and my customers, three direct interference with written contracts with third parties by steam users (some of which were competitors), and much more. A combined in excess of 25 reports were filed against the worst users of the 11 with no resolutions being found."

Romine states the case was all about the harassment aimed at him and his company. He charges Valve with not improving the moderation on the Steam store. Romine also explained that Digital Homicide is gone.

"As far as Digital Homicide? It's destroyed," said Romine. "It's been stomped into the ground from a thousand directions and use is discontinued. I'm going back into the workforce and watching what's really going on. We weren't some evil censoring dudes. If someone didn't like the game they could leave a bad review and refund – no hard feelings here at all."

Romine states that he's still deciding what to do about the case against YouTuber Jim Sterling.

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Mike Williams

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M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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