Well, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out what would happen to your only popular game if you literally threaten to kill the owner of the platform where he largest chunk of your customer base is.
Let me simplify that, Mike Maulbeck the developer of Paranautical Activity jumped to an even higher ledge in his strenuous relationship with Valve and Steam by Tweeting that he was going to kill Gabe Newell. This resulted in a not so surprising kick out of Steam to his game.
To be exact, he said, ‘I am going to kill Gabe Newell. He is going to die.’
Their problems started when Paranautical Activity developers, Code Avarice hit a deal with Adult Swim for publishing rights but Valve had reservations about bringing them onto Steam with regards to some malignant issues of Greenlight.
A lot of criticism was done by Maulbeck who claimed Valve wasn’t transparent. Even a year later the guy wasn’t over the issues and would take up even the slightest of problems to his Twitter, lambasting Valve, Steam and the owners.
The most recent of these meltdowns was about the front page banner of his game showing that it was still in early access on Steam. That is what led to this:
As a result, Valve confirmed that ‘we have removed the game’s sales page and ceased relations with the developer after he threatened to kill one of our employees.’
Way to go man. You just ruined what could be the only chance you had at letting people find out about a game that was considerably fun.
Regardless of the issues that Pranautical Activity developers were having with Valve or Gabe Newell, they should have known where to draw the line – professionalism is still a thing, don’t you think?