With the whole Ooblets mess still going on, Epic has taken the opportunity to address the growing situation of “toxic gamers and content creators” in the games industry in a new statement. The letter by Epic makes mention of striving to create a “healthier and more competitive multi-store world for the future,” despite funding exclusivity and separation.
The Epic Games Store has come under fire for multiple things regarding regional pricing, storefront policies, year-long exclusivity deals for titles once announced for another storefront, and missed store updates on Trello to name a few as per PCInvasion (archive.is) and PCGamesN (archive.is). That’s not to mention the datamining incidents, which even Valve had to investigate.
With that said, the letter Epic sent out on epicgames.com is working through the idea of thoughtcrime as if it were a nine to five job. Although the first introductory paragraph mentions Epic supporting the entire game community’s right to speak freely and critically about topics including the company (Epic) and the store, there’s a catch.
Videos and technical analysis on Ooblets are a form of “harassment” and “fake information” according to Epic since it is an act of “collusion”, according to the company. Lo, the second paragraph says that “coordinated and deliberate creation and promotion of false information” undermines healthy public discourse as if gamers were like a boatload of “games journalist” colluding and getting butthurt over Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s Willie Pete killstreak.
But I digress. You can read over the full letter right here:
“We at Epic Games have often shared our views about the game business and companies in it, and we support the entire game community’s right to speak freely and critically about these topics, including the topic of Epic, our products, and our store. When everyone shares their earnest views, the best ideas ultimately prevail.
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.
Epic is working together with many game developers and other partners to build what we believe will be a healthier and more competitive multi-store world for the future. We remain fully committed, and we will steadfastly support our partners throughout these challenges. Many thanks to all of you that continue to promote and advocate for healthy, truthful discussion about the games business and stand up to all manners of abuse.”
So what does this all mean? Well, it means that you can only criticize things related to Epic and its storefront in ways of “healthy public discourse,” whilst leaving behind technical analysis regarding those with opposing views.
As an additive, the letter also expresses how the Epic Games Store is working with game developers and other partners to build a “healthier” and “more competitive multi-store world for the future,” despite the storefront’s many issues and delayed features.