Indie Dev Reneges On Plan To Withhold Steam Keys From #GamerGate Supporters

I Get This Call Every Day

It’s been a hectic week and it’s not even over with yet. Already, an indie developer who came under fire for a plan to withhold Steam keys from those supporting the reform of ethics in media journalism under the hashtag #GamerGate, is reneging on his plan. He’s made an updated post on his blog explaining why things fell through.

In the original article, developer of I Get This Call Every Day, David S. Gallant, had become involved in a tussle with Desura, the digital distribution service, over their policy for not providing user information so Gallant could cross-reference the data with the names appearing under or supporting the #GamerGate hashtag, and ensure that anyone who purchased the game outside of Steam would be neglected a Steam key when the game launches on Valve’s digital distribution service.

Following the publication of that article, Gallant sent out an e-mail pointing to an updated Storify post, signaling his change of heart and the abandonment of his plan, writing…

“Humble, which currently stores the bulk (around 5700) of the sales of I Get This Call Every Day, has no means to selectively give keys or not give keys to specific accounts. As such, my plan to deny Steam keys to GamerGate supporters is effectively untenable.

"So everyone who bought the game will get a Steam key, regardless of support of GG, simply because I have no means to deny it from anyone. No bad feelings towards Humble: they provide great tools for developers and have always dealt with me like professionals.”

Pro-consumerism via capitulation. Interesting.

Gallant provided no additional quotes other than the updates he posted on the Storify post. He did offer this little jab at the end, stating…

“So there you have it, GamerGate: if you bought I Get This Call Every Day, you're getting your Steam key after all.

“I sincerely hope none of you bought it, as so many of you are eager to tell me over Twitter.”

I imagine one way of #GamerGate supporters ribbing Gallant is potentially making a purchase of the game on Steam and sending him pics of the purchase just to let him know that they support the industry, even if he, as a developer, doesn’t support some of his customers.

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  • Camarouge

    > making a purchase of the game on Steam and sending him pics of the
    purchase just to let him know that they support the industry, even if
    he, as a developer, doesn’t support some of his customers.

    I gotta say, I could see this being the case and him unintentionally profiting from it. I’d fall for it. The guy just created a win-win scenario for himself: get money, or don’t sell games to people he doesn’t like.

    I’m probably giving him way too much credit, though 😛

  • Robert Vasquez

    Well, at least now I know to avoid this game if I ever see it.

  • Erthwjim

    He’s a professional developer? What did he even use to make the game? Also it seems this guy was friends with Zoe, or at least is saying he is since she’s probably some sort of a gateway now to the indie clique, defend her and she’ll make sure her supporters support you too.

    https://archive.today/vSfBt

    • hurin

      Funny how this indie clique look like something out of Mean Girls (2004), right down to the bullying of everyone who doesn’t play by their rules.

      But the reality is that game companies need to make a profit to survive, so I don’t think we’ll see them taking sides against their customers anytime soon.

  • dsadsada

    “I imagine one way of #GamerGate supporters ribbing Gallant is potentially making a purchase of the game on Steam and sending him pics of the purchase just to let him know that they support the industry, even if he, as a developer, doesn’t support some of his customers.”

    Just don’t. He doesn’t want our money so don’t give him any. Ever. Then let him figure out how to support himself without a market.

  • sahgeh

    Why would anyone want to buy a game made in mspaint in the first place? Who would even?

  • asfasfd

    Fuck that little self-righteous ignorant cunt. I bought his game twice. I have never played it a single minute. I just wanted to help an indie dev out. Then I kicked in like $20 to his indiegogo campaign last year so that he could afford a trip to IndieCade. No strings attached. it was just donating a little to him because I know IndieCade can be really meaningful to an indie dev.

    I also was one of Zoe’s earliest patreon supports before all the shit started to go down. Long before that. She has received many of my dollars for absolutely nothing, just to chip in a little to an indie dev. (I withdrew my support months ago).

    I also care about gaming journalism, ethics, and how my hobby has turned into a megaphone and soap-box from which to spew SJW garbage over the last five years, to the point where I can’t just go to a site and read about video games without being fed a bunch of propaganda about how awful gamers and men and blah blah blah blah are.

    So fuck these little shitfucks. This is exactly the kind of ignorant selfish bullshit that makes people like me – people who fucking support them with my hard earned fucking money with absolutely no demand for anything in return including not even a fucking game or anything — fucking turn against them all and being actively *against* them. Fuck these twatfaces.

  • Nonscpo

    I dont care if your a part of #Gamergate or not, nobody should buy a game from this guy ever again. He didnt even recognize that what he did was morally wrong not to mention bad PR. Is this guy going to deny customer service to people based on their political beliefs? In what world does this guy thinks he lives in?

    • Niwjere

      I think we all now know why he left his job at that call center.

  • Johnathon Tieman

    “I imagine one way of #GamerGate supporters ribbing Gallant is
    potentially making a purchase of the game on Steam and sending him pics
    of the purchase just to let him know that they support the industry,
    even if he, as a developer, doesn’t support some of his customers.”

    Or, as another alternative, how about people buy it if they actually just like the product? If #Gamergate truly wants to remain a pro-gaming movement (and I hope it does, as that is why I joined), we can’t let the politics of the creators matter, whether they agree or disagree with us. This guy has gotten *way* too much press coverage from acting like a tool, and I certainly don’t want to see him monetarily profiting from it. Let him fade back to what he was, a no-name developer that makes a niche product.

    • Gregg Braddoch

      Hence why I am glad I have not bought his game, nor supported Depression Quest. Calling these amateur hobbyist pretentious productions “games” is insulting to anyone who has ever attempted developing anything at all.

      No buys here. If anything, this dude was just trying to goad gamergate into buying his game because he couldn’t sell it otherwise.

      • You know, I was actually considering buying this game because I thought it looked interesting.

        Yeah, yeah, “Hurr, durr but it has MS Paint grafix!” I don’t really care, though.

        I liked the concept and was willing to support it… until Gallant went #FullMcIntosh against his own potential customers.

      • Gregg Braddoch

        MS Paint graphics are fine, but if you are going to use MS Paint to make graphics, at least do a good job of it – there is no reason the graphics have to look like a 5 year old drew them, aside from laziness.

        I mean seriously, this game was made with a simple pixel color editor called Devilpaint:
        https://www.abandonia.com/en/games/97/Abuse.html

        That said, non standard gameplay isn’t a problem for me – but when games like this one or DQ surface, I can’t help but think they are the product of people who don’t take pride in their work, and who don’t have any skills in development.

  • PancakeWizard

    Manufactured bullshit from the start to gain publicity for the launch.

  • KGB

    The plan never was tenable because they were never ‘his’ customers to begin with, they are the Distribution Platforms. As such they’re under no obligation to provide him with any data beyond those relating to sales. Classic example of the general level of ignorance seemingly in no short supply for some people.

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