The Indie game developer, Digital Homicide prompted Valve to remove all of its games from the largest PC gaming platform, Steam. As the company said that some of the Steam users have made statements about Digital Homicide in the past and as a result it has faced personal injury.
For the same, the co-founder James Romine has filed a subpoena against the platform in order to release relevant information on all 100 Steam users in this law suit. The court case is titled as ‘Romine vs Unknown Party’ because the developer doesn’t know the real names of the users, hence, rather using their usernames, it has subpoenaed Valve to unveil real names of the anonymous users. Also, Romine, representing himself has demanded for $18 million with the nature of the suit being personal injury.
The matter has gone viral when a YouTuber SidAlpha was tipped off by a commenter, on the company filing the public domain documents necessary for a subpoena. He has uploaded the court documents filed in Arizona on Google Drive.
These documents show screenshots of steam commenters asserting that Digital Homicide routinely tried to game Steam’s system by submitting a massive volume of games to Steam Greenlight for cheap, hoping to get quick sales from leftover change in user’s wallets. Accusations in the comments also assert that Digital Homicide would reskin a game and re-release it as brand new.
“The Romines have decided to further attempt to silence criticism by going after Steam commenters, filing a personal injury lawsuit. They paid the filing fee yesterday September 14, 2016,” said SidAlpha on his channel.
In response, Valve has decided to remove all the games from Digital Homicide on Steam and they won’t do business with the company in future. In a statement released to Tech Raptor, Valve’s Doug Lombardi said, “Valve has stopped doing business with Digital Homicide for being hostile to Steam customers.”
This is not the first time when Digital Homicide came under light for a legal law suit. Previously, it has sued someone for being critical of its work and with a demand of $10 million it has tried to sue games industry insider and popular YouTuber Jim Sterling.