Digital Homicide, prodigious creators of asset-swapped Steam games, and fans of the US legal system, have filed a Personal Injury lawsuit against 100 Steam users. Since those users are anonymous, Digital Homicide (specifically James Romine) are attempting to get those details out of Valve by issuing a subpoena.
As you may be aware, the studio is already involved in an ongoing lawsuit with The Jimquisition’s Jim Sterling. That particular suit initially sought damages of $10 million USD (you know, the usual amount developers ask for after bad reviews), but a recent tweet from Sterling clarifies that this has now risen to an exciting $15 million USD.
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.
I’m no expect on the legal ins and outs of what Valve are actually compelled to respond to here, but I’d imagine they will be trying to resist giving out user details to litigious developers. Not doing so would set quite a bad precedent.
Update: In response to the lawsuit against Steam users, Valve has removed every Digital Homicide title from Steam.