Newell death threat dev returns to his indie studio
Just under a month ago, an indie developer called Mike Maulbeck had a public Twitter tirade in which he said that he was going to “kill Gabe Newell”. The threat was in response to a Steam posting error that saw Maulbeck’s new game (Paranautical Activity) listed as an Early Access title instead of a new release. Valve responded to Maulbeck’s tweets by simply removing Paranautical Activity from Steam. Less than 24 hours later, Maulbeck resigned from indie team Code Avarice.
Except Maulbeck is now back at work with Code Avarice. It turns out that his resignation and selling off of all of his shares wasn’t discussed with the rest of the team before it was made public knowledge. That, along with the realisation that paying for real life without a job is kind of hard, resulted in Maulbeck returning to the employ of Code Avarice.
“This is probably not hugely surprising to some of you,” the team said in an official statement on the Code Avarice website, “but Mike couldn’t commit to his decision to leave Code Avarice. Travis publicly denounced his departure, and in the weeks following his official stepping down Mike had second thoughts. Looking for a new source of income was extremely overwhelming and when it finally came time to put pen to paper, Mike and Travis agreed the best thing to do would be to have Mike return to Code Avarice.”
The good news is that the indie team has made a conscious decision to improve on their methods of communication. All official statements will now be written and vetted by the entire team. There’s also a new and official company Twitter account to follow.
And in case you’re wondering: no, Valve hasn’t put Paranautical Activity back on Steam.