The Man Who Threatened Gabe Newell has Apologized and Resigned
Mike Maulbeck, one of the developers on the game called Paranautical Activity issued a death threat to Gabe Newell after his game didn’t show up on the front page of Steam. Due to this reason, the developer’s game was removed from the platform altogether.
His unprofessional attitude not only came at the cost of Code Avarice’s title being removed from the famous PC platform, but the guy himself has decided to leave the studio, because if he continues, there is just no way for the game to go back up on Steam.
In his departing statement, he apologized to Steam and Gabe Newell stating that he became frustrated with the platform and tweeted things that shouldn’t have been said.
Paranautical Activity, a game made by 4 or 5 people depending on who you count as team members, was removed from steam.
I feel is it my responsibility to step down from Code Avarice completely so that Steam has no reason to harbor any more ill will towards the company, and maybe even if we can’t see Paranautical Activity restored, at least future Code Avarice games may be allowed onto the platform.
So far, no word has been uttered by either Gabe Newell or Valve on the game’s resurrection, but it seems highly unlikely that they will re-publish the game on their platform.
However, Mike’s departure does give hope to the rest of the team at Code Avarice, and they might come up with a new title in the near future.
What is your take on this situation? Do you think Paranautical Activity should be given another chance?