Despite receiving generally positive reviews from critics, it seems that some Harmonix employees are trying to give their game a boost on Amazon by posting positive user reviews of Rock Band 4.
Polygon is reporting that an observant Reddit user noticed this occurrence when they clicked on the profiles of some Amazon users posting reviews of the game and discovered that a number of them had the same names as some Harmonix employees.http://www.polygon.com/2015/10/22/9592120/harmonix-caught-reviewing-rock-band-4-on-amazon Source: polygon.com
Destructoid managed to get a statement from the company, who to their credit were forthright about what’s been going on:
“Harmonix has clarified its internal policy about posting reviews of our own products on retail sites, and we’ve asked that existing reviews be edited to identify Harmonix employees or be removed entirely,” Harmonix said in a statement. “While we believe the reviews posted by a few employees were sincere and without ill intentions, as a studio we don’t believe these are appropriate actions. We appreciate the feedback from the community, and take our relationship with our fans seriously.”
What do you think? Is this an unethical practice that Harmonix should be brought to task for or relatively harmless? Either way, the company is sure to catch a lot of flak for this.