I dunno if there’s really no such thing as bad publicity. Because threatening to sue over negative reviews and then getting busted for posting your own positive reviews is kind of bad publicity, and it’s not like the game was selling much to start with.
But don’t let that stop Art of Stealth indie developer and Dunning-Kruger Candidate of the Year nominee Matan Cohen. Set drama dials to maximum, everybody.
At press time, YouTube hadn’t pulled the video, presumably because hurt feelings don’t constitute a real case.
Instead, Valve removed Art of Stealth from the Steam Store sometime last night after discovering that the developer had created multiple fake identities to post positive reviews of the game, an obvious violation of the company’s review policy. Allegations about this go back 10 days already.
“It must be a terrible misunderstanding. Those ‘Fake’ accounts belong to my family and to some close friends of mine. Last week they have joined Steam to support my project. It is not in any way a reason to ban me from Steam. I can’t see the logic behind this ban,” Cohen later told TechRapter, apparently still not quite managing to secure the firmest grasp on review ethics.
“For many days I was suffering from bullying on my own group of Art of Stealth. I have banned many members, and they revenged me by reporting to Valve on ‘fake’ accounts. Valve believed them and removed my game from the store. Valve told me than my game would never be on the store again.”