Epic Games has finally issued a statement criticizing the abuse and harassment that is being faced by its partners. The publisher and distributor highlighted the recent issues faced by indie developer Glumberland following the announcement of Ooblets being an Epic Games Store exclusive.
The developer of Fortnite wrote in a blog post that harassment of companies partnering with Epic has now become “a disturbing trend”. For those who don’t know, whoever announces a partnership with Epic has to go through a lot of criticism and backlash.
According to Ooblets developer, the studio received “thousands if not tens of thousands of hateful, threatening messages across every possible platform nonstop” after the announcement of Epic Store deal.
Further, fake/offensive screenshots and videos related to Glumberland’s Ben Wasser were also made.
Gotta quickly address the faked screenshot going around of me supposedly saying "gamers would be better off in gas chambers". Obviously never said that, and as a Jewish person, this one really hurt to see being spread around.
It'd help if you could report people spreading it.
— perplamps (@perplamps) August 3, 2019
So now there’s a video going around claiming to show me in-realtime posting the fake message and then deleting it.
People are believing it bc it’s so outlandish that anyone would spend all the time to fake a video like that just to attack me, but that’s legit where we’re at.
— perplamps (@perplamps) August 4, 2019
Epic also claims that people have been spreading fake information including videos and screenshots regarding Glumberland’s Ben Wasser. To address the recent issues, Epic has now made it clear that it will continue to support partners facing harassment.
Here’s what Epic said:
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.
In short, Epic is doing a great job. You may hate Epic or Fortnite but their partners should not face harassment and abuse like this. It’s good to see that a big company like Epic is defending a small indie developer who just wants to make games and have a bright future.
Do keep in mind that games part of Epic Game Store are made by developers, not by Epic. Keeping that in mind, you should take your anger out on Epic and not on a small indie developer.
Furthermore, criticizing and abusing developers will not stop Epic from stealing more exclusives. Epic recently made it clear that it wants to change the gaming industry with Epic Game Store exclusives.
With that said, we hope that Ooblets turns out to be a great game. Ooblets release date is set for 2019. The game will be available on Xbox One and PC via Epic Games Store.