When DailyTech first wrote about the Left 4 Dead 2 boycott, the movement had 16,000 members. In roughly three days membership has grown to 26,000 people prompting Valve to respond. The conflict of interests revolves around Valve’s decision to declare a sequel to the original Left 4 Dead will be released only a year after the release of the original. Unhappy fans believe the content revealed for Left 4 Dead 2 does not warrant what a stand-alone full priced sequel would cost.
Valve’s response came from president Gabe Newell; he conceded the quick release of sequel was new for Valve but he reaffirmed his commitment to older games. In Newell’s response to Kotaku he stated, "Doing a sequel in one year is new for Valve. But providing ongoing support for our titles after the initial launch isn't - it has been part of our philosophy since Half-Life was released ten and half years ago," With respect to the original Left 4 Dead he stated, "We see no reason to change that and will continue to support the over three million customers in the L4D community."
To back up his claims original content was still coming for the original Left 4 Dead, Newell stated, "In addition to the recently released Survival Pack, we are releasing authoring tools for Mod makers, community matchmaking, 4x4 matchmaking, and more new content during the coming months for L4D1."
Newell defended the decision to release a quick sequel claiming the additions are not trivial and would warrant a full priced sequel. Kotaku’s hands-on opinion of Left 4 Dead 2 is that it feels similar to the original. With only six months left in the year, there is not much time to make significant changes whether they are as significant as claimed or not.