Digital Homicide, a developer known mostly for making low quality asset flips on Steam, has completely gone off the deep end. Digital Homicide first became infamous after coverage of one of their games, Slaughtering Grounds, was released by YouTuber and gaming personality Jim Sterling. The game was the quintessential asset flip, comprised almost entirely of stolen art and assets purchased from a storefront; broken mechanics and bad design abound.
Digital Homicide set a precedent for being extremely unwilling to accept criticism by attacking Jim Sterling over a period of several months. This storm of controversy reached a new high when Digital Homicide began taking legal action against Jim Sterling. And of course, Digital Homicide seems to be completely unaware of what a joke they are, so they’re trying to sue Jim Sterling for $10 Million.
Digital Homicide or more specifically James Oliver Romine Jr., Digital Homicide cofounder, claims Sterling; whose real name is James Stanton, has “falsely accused [Digital Homicide] and caused damage” to the company. According to court documents, the company is asking for $2.26 million in direct product damage; $4.3 million in emotional, reputational, and financial distress; and $5 million in punitive damage requests. That adds up to $10.76 million!
But this complete anarchy wasn’t the end of the Digital Homicide saga, they’ve now attempted to subpoena Valve for the identities of 100 users of the service who left negative reviews on their games. Once again, Digital Homicide is still assuming they’re owed millions for their ‘work’.
TechRaptor reports that Judge Eileen Willett, who is currently assigned to the case, granted Romine with a subpoena for “early discovery,” which obliges Valve to identify and reveal the anonymous Steam users.
Court documents pertaining to the subpoena were posted on Google Drive (and can be read here) by YouTube channel SidAlpha. Copious screenshots are provided as evidence, showing scores of Steam users leaving reviews and comments about Digital Homicide’s not very good games indicating that they feel said games are not very good.
Valve can choose to contest the subpoena, but the company is yet to make a statement regarding the matter. However, in response to Digital Homicide’s behavior toward Steam users, the digital distribution company decided to remove DH’s content from the platform.
“Valve has stopped doing business with Digital Homicide for being hostile to Steam customers,”
After Valve released its statement and removed the studio’s game, Romine responded by posting in Digital Homicide’s landing page.
“By removing us they have taken the stance that users have the right to harass me, tell me I should kill myself, and insult my family. If I try to defend myself against said actions then I lose my family’s income. If it wasn’t for 2 years of experience of dealing with Steam on a regular basis, this disgusting stance would seem shocking to me,” says Romine. “The only thing that prevented me seeking legal counsel for a long list of breach of contracts, interference with business, and anti-trust issues was the fear of losing my family’s income. Since that has been taken away I am seeking legal representation.”