Some of you may remember the story of the Australian LFD campaign designer who felt a little left out that he wasn’t flown to Seattle along with the other L4D2 boycotters.
The story goes that he emailed Gabe (Newell), and, as a joke seemingly, Gabe agreed to meet him if he paid for them to fly out. Generally, most gamers would relish that the email was even replied to and move on. Except, well, “Joe” took him up on his offer and raised the $3000.
Did Gabe call his bluff?
It seems that he has. In a number of posted, probably real, gmail screenshots, Gabe has agreed to pay for himself and a colleague to fly to Sydney, rather then the original Brisbane, and to donate the raised cash to Penny Arcade’s Childs Play Charity.
While it’s cool that Gabe has decided to fly down to Australia to meet a random designer, it’s a bit disappointing that Brisbane has missed out. It’s likely that Gabe will take the opportunity to do some LFD2 spruking with local media, and may even possibly personally lobby for changes regarding the classification debacle.
In any case, it should be interesting. We’ll update you when more information becomes available.