Embattled developer Digital Homicide is suing Steam users. James Romine, co-founder of Digital Homicide, has also filed a subpoena against Valve in order to unveil the identities of 100 anonymous Steam users who have made statements about the company in the past. Romine is representing himself and is demanding $18 million with the nature of the suit being personal injury.
This was first brought to light by YouTuber SidAlpha after a commenter tipped him off on the company filing the public domain documents necessary for a subpoena.
“The Romines have decided to further attempt to silence criticism by going after Steam commenters, filing a personal injury lawsuit. They paid the filing fee yesterday September 14, 2016,” said SidAlpha on his channel.
And this isn’t the first time Digital Homicide has sued someone for being critical of its work. In the past it tried to sue games industry insider and popular YouTuber Jim Sterling to the tune of $10 million.
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It sets a dangerous precedent not just for YouTubers and critics but most importantly, regular consumers. Imagine being taken to court for simply voicing an opinion on a game or a piece of art? If this goes through it would be a massive affront to free speech. Hopefully better sense prevails.