Epic Games has released a statement in the wake of Ooblets developer Glumberland being targeted by thousands of hateful emails and messages after announcing its move to Epic Games Store. The statements reads:
“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.”
Glumberlands, a two-person development team has “been getting thousands if not tens of thousands of hateful, threatening messages across every possible platform nonstop.” The studio says “We really misjudged how angry so many people would be.”
Ooblets getting thousands of hate-filled messages is also well beyond their Patreon size of 1,101 members.
Until we take misinformation, conspiracy theories, forged screenshots and all the other falsehoods off the table, there is no space for proper discourse about games finding financial security through a deal, or how agonisingly difficult it is to load up another launcher on your PC.