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The legal trials and tribulations of indie developer Digital Homicide are the stuff of internet message boards the world over. While the tale is far from over, one chapter has apparently come to a close. Following the removal of all of Digital Homicide's games from the Steam storefront, James Romine has apparently, filed to have their lawsuit against 100 anonymous Steam users dismissed because the plaintiff can no longer afford to continue.

The case dismissal was only due to financial reasons caused by the removal of our games. I believe the case was very solid. There were in excess of 140 false statements by the 11 steam users, tens of thousands of posts harassing myself and my customers, three direct interference with written contracts with third parties by steam users (some of which were competitors), and much more.

James Romine also makes it clear in his statements to TechRaptor that technically, it was never the developer Digital Homicide that was filing the suit, but Romine personally. Romine said the company had nothing to do with the case beyond providing evidence. Instead, it was apparently being filed by James Romine because of personal harassment that he and his family were receiving from members of the Steam community.

The other reason that it appears Digital Homicide may not be in the business of suing anybody, is that the company may no longer be an active concern. James Romine tells TechRaptor that "it's destroyed" and "use is discontinued." It would seem that Romine has permanently closed the company and that he himself is leaving game development.

Regarding the other open legal issues in front of James Romine, he says that he has no comment regarding his lawsuit against online personality Jim Sterling. There is currently a motion to dismiss the suit from Sterling's side which the court has yet to rule on. As far as Romine's comments regarding plans to sue Valve directly, that item is not addressed so it's unclear if that is still something Romine is pursuing, assuming he can find the legal representation he was previously looking for.

So it would seem that the 100 users of Steam, whose identities were never revealed because Valve wouldn't release the information, can now go on about their business without the fear of an impending lawsuit.

Whether or not this is truly the beginning of the end for Digital Homicide remains to be seen. While any direct attacks on James Romine personally are certainly unwarranted and unnecessary, the games put out by the company were roundly criticized by many and were certainly legitimate as opinions if nothing else.

So it looks like the internet doesn't have Digital Homicide to kick around anymore. What do you think of this entire experience? Let us know in the comments.

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