Digital Homicides suit against 100 customers of Steam and Valve itself is not being pursued. They’ve decided to drop the case, and in result the company is no more.
Gamers are saying Digital Homicide committed digital suicide. TechRaptor is reporting that the case is being dropped because Digital Homicide no longer has the funds to pursue it.
James Romine from Digital Homicide commented about the case and the end of the company, explaining to TechRaptor…
“The case dismissal was only due to financial reasons caused by the removal of our games. I believe the case was very solid. 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.
[…] “As far as digital homicide? It’s destroyed. It’s been stomped into the ground from a thousand directions and use is discontinued. I’m going back into the work force and watching what’s really going on. Not gaming media gossip – the real stories are in the legal documents. Not talking about mine.”
The case was originally aimed at Valve and its users for fostering a hostile atmosphere of harassment aimed at the developers. They thought that by suing the Steam users and suing Valve they could recoup funds for the damage they claim they incurred. Valve removed all Digital Homicide games from the Steam store in response.
The whole thing was a strange, bizarre attempt from a developer to use the harassment angle to attack certain members of the gaming audience. It’s worked for some developers, especially those who adopt third-wave feminism as a crutch. Romine didn’t have feminism to fall back on, though.
Digital Homicide’s games weren’t loved by the community and were regularly trashed for being terrible games. The company’s 15 minutes of fame appear to be up as they shutdown and hopefully leave the rest of the gaming community alone.
Romine also mentioned that the Jim Sterling case isn’t quite wrapped up just yet. They sued Jim Sterling for the negative reviews he directed toward their game.
In Romine’s response to Techraptor he notes that ultimately he was fighting for the consumer, writing…
“We may have been painted in a negative customer light by gaming media, truthfully we’ve been fighting for lower prices and a more open market – which to me is the most important thing for consumers.”
It’s hard to take those words at face value when they tried suing Steam customers.