As game developers make the jump to Epic Games Store exclusivity, many have been met with backlash either from fans or from a contingent of anti-Epic players who don't like the launcher. Today, Epic released a statement addressing a streak of misinformation and harassment surrounding its exclusive deals.
In a post on the Epic site, the storefront publisher responded directly to situations like those surrounding Glumberland, the developer of Ooblets, who has received a great number of hateful messages following its move to Epic.
"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."
The statement goes on to say Epic will support its developers who have come under fire from these campaigns, and promises to promote "healthy" discussion around the store.
This comes on the heels of a massive campaign against the Ooblets devs, including forged screenshots and threatening messages being sent to the developers. A contingent of fervently vocal internet dwellers seem very unhappy with the Epic Games Store, and go to some extreme lengths to show it.
While there have been some due issues brought forth surrounding the current state of the store, including some regions not having access to it, other qualms are based on speculation and conspiracy, and exactly none of them justify the actions taken against developers trying to earn a living wage. Many in Epic's defense have highlighted the better revenue split it provides compared to Steam, which is one of the reasons the Ooblets devs took to the deal. It'd be nice to hope this statement might cool the situation down a bit, so real discussion of the storefront can happen in a less hostile manner.