GameStop isn’t the most popular name among gamers (unless you’re very keen on pre-ordering things and signing up for extra services), and it certainly isn’t popular among indie PC developers, as it almost never carries indie games. Last week, GameStop took over Impulse, a PC game download service, and with it, got access to the downloadable scene and a lot of downloadable titles.
Except one: Star Ruler. Developer Blind Mind Studios has removed their indie title Star Ruler from the now GameStop-owned Impulse, in protest over how GameStop treats PC indie developers. The developer issued a statement, saying:
“We are ending sales through Impulse due to GameStop’s long, negative behavior toward the PC platform and independent games. We would never have signed onto distribution through GameStop, and being forced into this situation has only made it worse for us.”
Blind Mind Studios reassured that they’ll continue to deliver updates and patches through Impulse, they just won’t be selling the game through the service any longer.