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Gearbox CEO blames Steam for Borderlands review bombing

Published: 18:25, 06 April 2019
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Valve have launched the anti-review-bombing feature on Steam it appears that Borderlands 2 is the first game to receive the benefits of the system. It was ironic as Gearbox's CEO just recently blamed Valve for letting review bombs happen.

Review bombing usually happens when a developer or a publisher makes a controversial decision and players vent out their frustration by negatively reviewing a related game that may not have deserved it.

For example, Borderlands 2 is a fantastic looter shooter that 96 per cent Steam users liked enough to leave a positive review but it also received a pile of negative ones recently as a result of the upcoming Borderlands 3 being an Epic Games Store timed exclusive.

On a related note, Randy Pitchford the CEO of Gearbox Software, posted a reply on Twitter on 05 April 2019 where he stated that he is "kind of happy" about 2K's decision to go for Epic's exclusivity deal due to Steam having "no interest in correcting" the review bombing on the platform.

It has been a while since Valve announced a system that would prevent review bombing from tarnishing some games' reputation and it appears to be booting up.

In an ironic turn of events, the first game to receive protection from review bombing happened to be Gearbox's own Borderlands 2. Valve have removed over 4,000 negative reviews that have been marked as "off-topic" and effectively saved Borderlands 2's reputation for any potential new players who might be looking at it.

The feature is optional for Steam users, so those who want the review bombing to display properly can do so, while those who are not interested in company politics can simply check out the aggregate score made of actual reviews for any given game.

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Borderlands 3 is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on 14 October 2019 but the PC version will be available only through Epic Games Store for the first six months.

 

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