The indie game called Ooblets caused a bit of scandal, and Epic Games had to react to it.
Last week, Ooblets, which is in development for Xbox One and PC, became Epic Games Store-exclusive (and, in short, in the announcement post, they called the critical people toxic… they made this move because Epic Games guaranteed a minimum on sales), then Glumberlands, consisting of two people, got several thousands of hateful messages. Mostly because a fake Discord screenshot has spread throughout the Internet. Ben Wasser, one of the developers, has responded on Twitter: „Gotta quickly address the faked screenshot going around of me supposedly saying „gamers would be better off in gas chambers.” Never said that, and as a Jewish person, this one hurt to see being spread around. It’d help if you could report people spreading it. So now there’s a video going around claiming to show me in real-time 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.”
The situation wasn’t helped by Tim Sweeney, the head of Epic Games’ two tweets either: „In response to community feedback, I have reviewed the tone of the Ooblets exclusivity announcement and wish to make the following official statement: IT WAS AWESOME!” Epic Games also issued an official statement about the situation:
„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.”
The negative commercial of a product is still a commercial, isn’t it?