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Blind Mind pulls game from Impulse following GameStop acquisition

Star Ruler removed "due to a rather large list of things we detest" about retailer

Star Ruler developer Blind Mind Studios is to pull its game from Stardock's Impulse service following the announcement that GameStop is acquiring the digital delivery business.

"Due to a rather large list of things we detest about GameStop, Star Ruler will no longer be available for purchase on Impulse after the takeover," said Andrew Ackermann, founder of the developer.

We would never have signed onto distribution through GameStop, and being forced into this situation has only made it worse for us.

Andrew Ackermann, Blind Mind Studios

"We are ending sales through Impulse due to GameStop's long, negative behaviour toward the PC platform and independent games. We would never have signed onto distribution through GameStop, and being forced into this situation has only made it worse for us.

"We feel GameStop cannot serve as the leader of a true competitor in the digital distribution market."

Star Ruler is also available from Direct2Drive and GamersGate, and Blind Mind said it would continue to support the game through Impulse where possible.

"GameStop's business practices stand opposed to our goals," detailed Ackermann. "We feel they would not respect our customers."

"GameStop consistently focuses only on large budget titles and safe bets, shying away from the independent market."

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