Valve has reportedly removed Paranautical Activity, a rogue-like first-person shooter from the Steam store due to a death threat directed against Valve CEO Gabe Newell.
Steam had mistakenly listed Paranautical Activity as an early-access game when in fact it had already gone gold. This move caused CodeAvarice developer Mark Maulbeck to express his frustration on social media, in which he tweeted in his intentions of killing Gabe Newell.
Since the game’s removal, Maulbeck has said that he did not mean his statement and came to realise that the series of tweets were inappropriate. The offending Tweet has since been deleted, although Maulbeck claims to have received emails and tweets from users regarding the status of the game and was even accused of marking the game as early access to avoid criticism of the final product.
After noticing the deleted tweets, Valve emailed the developer to notify him that Code Avarice’s steam admin accounts have been shut down with Paranautical Acitivity . Valve went on to say that it understands when developers express their frustration on social media but death threats against its employees are pushing it too far.