Several months and over 40,000 members later, the two founding members of the Left 4 Dead 2 boycott Steam group have announced that the group will close on Oct 2. “We have accomplished everything we can on our manifesto. We’ve been dealing with Valve ever since our group started, then we met them in-person and now we’re at the point of concluding our discussions. Our goal wasn’t to steer people away from L4D2, it was to get Valve’s attention and have them support original L4D. We succeeded and that’s where our mission ends; nothing more or less,” said co-founder, Agent of Chaos, citing examples such as the recent DLC campaign and the upcoming 4v4 matchmaking.
Another founder came out in defense of Valve, claiming that members of the boycott group have steered away from the real purpose of the group, pointing to group comments that have been known for bashing Valve and Left 4 Dead 2. “Valve is at least trying to make things right, there will be speed bumps on the way, however we will get there. Even if it is not as quickly as we would like. The boycott has served its purpose and it is now up to you all as individuals to decide what is right for you.” The announcement has caused a bit of a backlash, though the founders themselves have discovered that some members have already taken advantage of the Left 4 Dead 2 four-pack deal, which when divided amongst four people, drops the price about 33%. The group closes in less than a week but it seems the boycott will continue for some of the existing members.