The voxel-based shooter Paranautical Activity has been taken down from Steam, following an outburst by its creator Mike Maulbeck. The developer reportedly posted death-threats adressed at Valve's Gabe Newell.
After Steam failed to update Paranautical Activity from an Early Access to a full-released version in a timely fashion, the developer tweeted the following:
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME STEAM? WE JUST RELEASED OUT OF EARLY ACCESS AND THIS IS OUR FRONT PAGE BANNER? pic.twitter.com/Zfhj4VA8UX— Mike Murderbeck (@SpooderW) October 20, 2014
First they force me to delay the game because I can't release on weekends, now this. Steam is the most incompetent piece of fucking shit.— Mike Murderbeck (@SpooderW) October 20, 2014
fucking steam is just fucking taking money out of my pocket. misinforming people that my game is in fucking early access.— Mike Murderbeck (@SpooderW) October 20, 2014
His series of tweets culminated with the death-threat directed at Gabe Newell, which has since been deleted, with Maulbeck admitting that posted the deleted Tweet is a mistake.
People telling me it's fucking stupid to say I wanna kill gabe. Can I set up a "no shit" autoresponse on twitter?— Mike Murderbeck (@SpooderW) October 20, 2014
Speaking with Polygon, Maulbeck stated that he regrets the outburst. "I have since obviously replied to them saying that I didn't mean what I said and pleaded that they consider the monopoly they have on the PC market before totally writing us off," he said, "but let's be real. If they took the game off the store, they're fuckin sure about their decision. There's probably nothing to be done."
Valve's Doug Lombardi also confirmed the news to Polygon. "Yes, we have removed the game's sales page and ceased relations with the developer after he threatened to kill one of our employees."
The game is still available on Desure and the Humble Store, though neither platforms even come close to Steam. "Don't worry guys, everything is gonna be OK, we sold TWELVE copies on non-steam platforms today," Maulbeck later Tweeted.
"We were selling more than that a minute on Steam."