"Mission Accomplished" declares boycott founders

The founders of the Left 4 Dead 2 Boycott have decided to end their crusade against the sequel  to Valve's popular zombie blasting game. They declared effective Wednesday October 21, 2009 at 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time, the Left 4 Dead 2 Boycott group would be closed. As of this writing the Steam Boycott group had grown to 40,743 members

One of the founders of the boycott Agent of Chaos proudly crowed, "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." He also stated, " 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."

As evidence of their accomplishments he mentioned the recently released level Crash Course, and the upcoming 4v4 matchmaking feature that is confirmed to be coming before the release of Left 4 Dead 2.

With regards to the Boycott founders about face Kotaku observed, "The duo sound more like evangelists at this point." In their announcement they sing the praises about the changes in game play and they devote almost a paragraph to how the discounted pre-order prices are "fair" and that, "You can’t blame them for making this decision."

In their announcement, Walking_Target, one of the boycott co-founders, took the time to send a few jabs at their former supporters stating, " People have lost sight of why we're here. The comments are always full of trolls, people bashing Valve and phishers. What is more, people are unwilling or unable to wait for Valve to follow through in any cohesive way."

He also reiterated the ground breaking nature of their accomplishments, "As a collective we have done more than achieve a few goals, we have paved the way for Developer-Community relations in the future. No matter what the press or other gamers say, we have made an indelible mark upon the future of this industry. You should all be proud, we certainly are."

As debate over what the boycott group has or has not accomplished rages on, Valve seem to have effectively put out a public relations fire by converting the boycott founders.

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