An indie developer has determined to depart the sport improvement trade after Valve determined to drag the entire firm’s video games from the Steam storefront. The studio felt as if there was no method to additional make it within the sport design enterprise, so after greater than 200 of the titles have been axed from Steam, the developer determined to depart the trade for good.
Polygon is reporting that Silicon Echo despatched a letter to Valve inquiring as to why its 200 video games have been pulled from the Steam storefront. This additionally included video games from one other firm named Zonitron Productions, which some experiences have alleged has ties to Silicon Echo. Within the letter shared with Polygon, the corporate famous that it doesn’t have direct ties to Zonitron however is “linked in some methods.” Because of the elimination of the video games from the Steam store, nevertheless, Silicon Echo issued a press release saying that it was now not going to remain within the gaming trade…
This example has utterly destroyed the whole lot now we have been working for prior to now three years and we’re pressured to surrender sport improvement at this level for extra [than] one purpose, primarily as a result of our fame is destroyed past restore, but in addition for monetary causes. We want now we have been warned about this earlier than, in that case we’d deal with a distinct marketing strategy of improvement.
After the phrase unfold about how Silicon Echo had numerous shovelware faraway from Steam, there was a convincing “good riddance” from the gaming group. You see, Silicon Echo admits within the letter shared to Polygon that it was doing what individuals accused them of: asset flipping.
The corporate defends itself by saying that whereas it did partake in flipping belongings (which incorporates buying pre-made artwork packs for engines corresponding to Unity or Unreal and utilizing solely essentially the most rudimentary design methods to make a sport useful) the studio claims that the video games have been useful and playable.
The factor is, whereas asset-flipped video games often are playable to an extent, the problem is that they are often barely video games. Valve obtained tons of complaints about Zonitron and Silicon Echo’s titles and the poor high quality of the choices. Valve was ultimately pressured to take motion resulting from all of the complaints.
Silicon Echo had tried to argue that Valve mishandled the state of affairs as a result of all of its video games had been authorized by the group by means of Steam Greenlight. The logic goes: if the group authorized the video games and Valve gave the go-ahead to host the video games on Steam then why are the video games being eliminated as a type of high quality management?
Now some players have agreed with Silicon Echo about one factor: Valve must be extra clear about dealing with instances like this. Many players really feel as if Valve pulling the set off and eradicating over 200 video games with out correctly contacting Silicon Echo or explaining the state of affairs to players was poor type on its half. Nonetheless, players are additionally glad that Silicon Echo and its 200 titles are gone from Steam.