Original Trader Group(OTG), a Steam Curator group, requested two free keys to games in order to review for their curator page. When the developer did not respond, they resorted to intimidation.
The emails escalated after Jeremy did not respond to the email.
“I have 800+ friends on Steam and my personal reviews are always on the first page," said Köhler in the email. In another email, Köhler said. “I will change now my personal reviews to negative. And write to all of our mods and admins to do the same.”
After the tweet from Jeremy began circulating on the web, OTG posted their side of the story on their Steam page. The group explains that not all of the emails have been shown in order and it is damaging their reputation. Other emails posted to their page show more of the conversation between Köhler and Charlie Cleveland, game director at Unknown Worlds.
“I have apologized to the developers and I'm here to apologize to the readers. I realize how unprofessional it was. I'm not here to defend myself because what I did was wrong. It was wrong to write an angry email like that. But please mention that I never did something bad to the devs and as I wrote I thought they would see that we changed our curation just a little bit.”
Jeremy provided some additional info on the matter on Reddit.
“You might rightly wonder 'Why did Hugh not reply to this person? Is it not a bit rude to just leave a response hanging for over a month?,'" Jeremy said. "I would like to provide an answer to this question, and hopefully shed some more light on the developer/reviewer relationship.”
He then explained how he has to sift through emails requesting Steam keys and has to judge on the legitimacy of those emails.
The Steam Curators program was created for the Steam Discovery Update to help users find fun, unique, and overlooked games. There are hundreds of Curator groups that share reviews, suggest games and hold contests for subscribers.
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