The founders of the L4D2 Steam boycott group, Walking Target and Agent of Chaos, have announced their intention to close the group on 22 October (Singapore time).
In an announcement posted on the group’s main page, both of them considered their objectives for starting the group to be accomplished. Hence, they decided to cease the boycott’s operations.
Here are excerpts of their opening statements:
Agent of Chaos: We have accomplished everything we can on our manifesto. We’ve been dealing with Valve ever since our group started, then we met them in-person and now we’re at the point of concluding our discussions. Our goal wasn’t to steer people away from L4D2, it was to get Valve’s attention and have them support original L4D. We succeeded and that’s where our mission ends; nothing more or less.
Walking_Target: People have lost sight of why we’re here. The comments are always full of trolls, people bashing Valve and phishers. What is more, people are unwilling or unable to wait for Valve to follow through in any cohesive way. Valve is at least trying to make things right, there will be speed bumps on the way, however we will get there. Even if it is not as quickly as we would like. The boycott has served its purpose and it is now up to you all as individuals to decide what is right for you
As expected, the members of the group are in an uproar once again (what else can you expect from a Steam group with 40,000+ members?). Group member Drinky Crow, sums it up nicely with his comment:
I too am extremely disappointed in the creators of this group. The objectives of the boycott were not met, and it’s pretty obvious to even the casual observer that they abandoned this group due to the bribes they received from Valve.
With the November 17 release of L4D2 approaching, one can’t help but wonder if Valve had any sort of involvement in the group’s closure. The notion of Valve “buying out” both Walking_Target and Agent of Chaos is not entirely far-fetched.
You can view the full announcement posted by Walking_Target and Agent of Chaos here.
Timely Valve intervention? Or was the group doomed to fail from the start?