@spraynardtatum: As someone who has had many a problem with flying off the handle on the Internet—on these very fucking forums even—it has nothing to do with not doing anything wrong online. No one is saying you can't make a mistake or do something you later regret. It's about being professional in a work context. Would you want to work with someone who got so angry that you made a mistake that they went on a furious public tirade that ended with them threatening to kill you? I sure as hell wouldn't. If this is his response to having promotional materials mislabeled when it was corrected within an hour, what would his response be to a more serious issue down the line if it came up?
When is Gabe Newell ever going to work with this guy personally? Ever?
Gabe Newell doesn't vet the games on Steam and he wouldn't have vetted this game, they never would have worked together anyways.
This guy is now blacklisted for a dumb tweet and that seems to be what a majority of people think is the correct decision. I disagree. I feel that looking at these worthless tweets doesn't come close to giving me a good impression of who Maulbeck is and should not be a defining factor of if this developer is allowed to participate in the workforce. He's passionate and wants the best for his creation. I find that to be an enviable quality in a co-worker. I would work with someone who would say something like this on the internet. Patrick Klepek has made an empty death threat to anyone who uses AdBlock before. He told them to die in a fire. Should he have been blacklisted from games journalism for that remark?
Why does it matter if Gabe would be working with Maulbeck? It's admirable that you're trying to see his good qualities in all this, but the fact remains that the tweets (and that petulant apology he issued too, frankly) speak a ton about his character, especially with regards how he conducts himself in a professional environment. When something goes wrong and he doesn't get what he wants, he goes on a public tirade against the store selling his game and threatens to murder the owner. Why would they want to work with someone as unstable as that? What happens if something actually goes wrong - is he going to threaten to burn the place down with everyone inside if they're late on a royalty payment? Hell, what if he's actually crazy enough to try and kill Gabe? I really can't see how you can fault Valve for not wanting to work with a diva indie developer who throws nasty temper tantrums. Nor can I see why you think this guy is the consequences of this dude not thinking before opening his mouth are somehow unjust treatment, unless you really believe in the right to tell someone on the internet you're going to kill them.
PS: That's quite a false equivalency you got going there bringing up Patrick. Of course, saying that people who do X should die, while pretty douchey, is in nowhere near the same league as singling out a person and saying you are going to murder them (which is a crime, by the way) but nice try.