Gearboxs Randy Pitchford has said the developer may reconsider its posture towards Steam as the Epic Games exclusivity row rumbles on.
Review-bombing is not a new concept on Steam, but it is becoming a more and more common way for fans to express their displeasure with a particular company or franchise.
All it involves is large numbers of fans getting together and giving over-the-top negative reviews for an existing game, usually to protest a title thats not out yet or a publisher or developer in general.
Because the protests are so low tech theyre very hard to counter, but Valve has finally introduced off-topic reviews marking, following the review-bombing of 2012 title Borderlands 2.
Borderlands 2 is the first game on Steam to make use of the "off-topic reviews" marking. Over 4000 reviews are excluded from the rating calculation. pic.twitter.com/kUMN0Lqdx3
— Steam Database (@SteamDB) April 6, 2019
Borderlands 2 was targeted because developer Gearbox decided to make upcoming sequel Borderlands 3 a timed exclusive on the Epic Games Store.
But it isnt just fans that have gotten angry about the situation, as Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford took to Twitter to complain about Steam and said that he would, reconsider Gearbox Publishings current posture on the platform.
The annoucement of using off-topic reviews marking with Borderlands 2 came only hours later, although whether it was a direct reaction to Pitchfords tweet or not is unclear.
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