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Virtual Legality Episode 46

Epic's Exclusive Problem: Borderlands 3, Review Bombs, and Steam's Response

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With Borderlands 3 now an Epic Games Store exclusive, the war between Epic and Valve seems to be heating up...hotter than a round of Fortnite (or DOTA).

Epic is no stranger to brash and impetuous characters, but is their exclusive-buying policy proving to be more brash and impetuous than any of them?

And what about that time they told the world they'd never steal a game from Steam again, before changing course not three weeks later?

Finally, what does Steam's response to fans "review bombing" the Borderlands series' other entries tell us about just how seriously they are taking Epic's emerging threat to their empire.

#Epic #Steam #VirtualLegality


Discussed in this episode:

"Epic on pulling Metro Exodus from Steam: 'We don't want to do that ever again'"
PCGamer - March 21, 2019
(https://www.pcgamer.com/epic-on-pulling-metro-exodus-from-steam-we-dont-want-to-do-that-ever-again/)

"Epic's move into digital game distribution is a shot heard 'round the gaming world"
GameDailyBiz - December 5, 2018 - Mike Futter
(https://gamedaily.biz/article/433/epics-move-into-digital-game-distribution-is-a-shot-heard-round-the-gaming-world)

"We've had a lot of discussions about this since GDC."
Twitter Thread - April 1, 2019
(https://twitter.com/TimSweeneyEpic/status/1112814870129504262)

"Epic's Tim Sweeney: Exclusivity deals are 'up to developers and publishers'"
GameDailyBiz - April 5, 2019 - Sarah LeBoeuf
(https://gamedaily.biz/article/749/epics-tim-sweeney-exclusivity-deals-are-up-to-developers-and-publishers)

"Valve targeting ‘off-topic review bombs’ in Steam user reviews"
Polygon - March 15, 2019 - Michael McWhertor
(https://www.polygon.com/2019/3/15/18267720/valve-steam-user-review-bombings-scoring-update)

"Review-bombed Borderlands 2 is the first to have user scores thrown out by Steam"
Polygon - April 6, 2019 - Owen Good
(https://www.polygon.com/2019/4/6/18298215/epic-games-store-review-bombs-steam-borderlands-2)


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"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).

Rick has practiced for more than a decade at some of the country's largest law firms, representing IT, software, video game, and other technology companies, as well as the individuals and institutions which fund them.

DISCUSSION IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE. INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN THE LEGAL TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS VIDEO SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR OWN COUNSEL.

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