A few months back, the announcement of Left4Dead 2 was met with anger and a 42,000 fan boycott of the title. Fans were ticked that Valve reneged on their promise to continue to support L4D with new content. A sequel to the game meant, in their eyes, that the user community would be split in two, and the original game left to shrivel alone on a dying vine.
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Valve wasn't happy about the boycott and, according to Ars Technica, decided to fly the leaders of the boycott out to their HQ for a meet-and-greet with the development team. After a free plane flight and hotel stay, the two boycott organizers changed their tune about the zombie-shooter sequel.
This has placated some members of the boycott, but others accuse the two founders of having sold out for the price of a plane ticket and some insider coddling. Considering the fact that Valve didn't actually meet any of the group's demands, that isn't an unreasonable conclusion to jump to.
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While Valve has succeeded in appeasing the leaders of the boycott, there is still a significant swell of fan anger around the sequel. Left4Dead 2 will likely meet with great success, but the controversy isn't going to end anytime soon.