Most people agreed – Steam included – that was a pretty dick move. But it seems Steam has come to regret their own strong words on the subject, because they’ve recently issued something like an apology. Or at least, Valve business developer Nathaniel Blue acknowledged to Kotaku that they probably could have handled it better.
"In the future we didn’t continue to [speak out against Epic exclusives] because our goal is not to upset the community or light anyone’s hair on fire. Our goal is to get developers close to customers, have a really valuable place for people to play games, and stay focused on that."
On a similar subject, he also touched on the problem with review bombing, which has affected games that have decided to take “the deal” and pop over to the Epic Game Store while still having a presence on Steam.
"We’re going to constantly work on reviews, because we want them to represent where games are at and the status of games as best as possible. If it doesn’t, then we’re like, 'There’s something wrong we can work on'."
Steam has, so far, been very slow to react to Epic Games in any meaningful way, and Epic Games has made no secret that they plan to keep buying exclusives as long as it works. But at least the discourse is nicer now.