A few weeks ago, Digital Homicide launched a $18 million lawsuit against a group of Steam users for allegeldy harassing the publisher. That lawsuit has been withdrawn.
In an interview with TechRaptor, Digital Homicide’s James Romine cites the fact that the publisher’s games were removed from Steam as the reason for the dismissal of the case.
“The case dismissal was only due to financial reasons caused by the removal of our games. I believe the case was very solid,” said Romine.
The co-founder of Digital Homicide goes on to say that in the original filings he showed how 11 Steam users made 140 false statements and that he had been harassed tens of thousands of times.
Before you shed a tear for Romine we’d like to point out the case was dismissed without prejudice. This means that should Romine have a change of
heart income, he can file a similar suit.
With that having been said, Romine told TechRaptor that the future of Digital Homicide is bleak. “It’s destroyed,” Romine said in reference to his studio. “It’s been stomped into the ground from a thousand directions and use is discontinued. I’m going back into the work force and watching what’s really going on.”
This kerfuffle has however brought to light a serious problem on Steam. Users are able to form a lynch-mob and abuse the review system with little to no recourse for the developer.
Granted, Digital Homicide’s attempt to sue users might not have been the best solution to this problem but its something we hope Valve looks at while its tweaking its user review system.[Via – TechRaptor]