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Developer Who Sent Death Threat To Gabe Newell Leaves Studio

"After Sending A Death Threat, Developer Leaves Game Studio"
Mike Maulbeck, co-creator of Paranautical Activity, has stepped down from the team who made the game after sending a death threat to Gabe Newell. Earlier in the week Maulbeck tweeted angry tweets accusing Steam of having a "monopoly" and calling Valve and Steam "incompetent." A tweet that has since been deleted said "I'm going to kill Gabe Newell. He is going to die." Since then, the game has been pulled from Steam and now Mike Maulbeck has announced he is leaving and apologized.
In a blog post Maulbeck said the tweets were a result of him being "...frustrated with Steam." He also apologized for what he called " ...short sided, hot tempered actions..."
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Mike Maulbeck's full blog post is below:
"Yesterday, Paranautical Activity released out of steam Early Access, and following some confusion about the state of the game I became frustrated with Steam, and tweeted a series of angry tweets that ended in me sarcastically saying I was going to kill Gabe Newell. A statement I obviously didn't mean but was regardless completely unacceptable.
"As a result of my actions, Paranautical Activity, a game made by 4 or 5 people depending on who you count as team members, was removed from Steam. I feel is it my responsibility to step down from Code Avarice completely so that Steam has no reason to harbor any more ill will towards the company, and maybe even if we can't see Paranautical Activity restored, at least future Code Avarice games may be allowed onto the platform."
"I'm really, deeply sorry that my short sighted, hot tempered actions resulted in not only my own dreams and aspirations being destroyed, but those of the entire team I worked with. I'm sorry that my statements made Valve and/or Gabe uncomfortable and upset (rightfully so)."
"My temper and tendency to use Twitter to vent has been a consistent problem since I entered the games industry, and I just can't do it. I don't have the willpower necessary to be the 'face' of a company. If I do continue to work in games it'll be as an anonymous 1 of 1000 at some shitty corporation, not the most public figure of a single digit sized team."
"I've sold my half of Code Avarice to Travis. Given up all my rights to CA as a company, and all it's intellectual properties. I won't receive any money from the sale of Paranautical Activity or any future games CA develops, I won't be consulted on business decisions, and I won't have any hand in development. I'm out."

No word from Valve  if Paranautical Activity will be re-added to Steam since Maulbeck has now left the studio.
In the current climate of the gaming industry death threats are becoming an all too common and horrific thing. Hopefully, this is a reminder of how serious these threats are and how many companies will not tolerate this sort of behavior.

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