I admit that the second part was never actually said by Valve directly, rather interpreted in a bit / rumored. As for the communication attempt, a bunch of server owners (me included) gathered together in a Discord server and wrote an e-mail to them, addressing our concerns regarding the whole situation. Their (or rather one of their employee's response): Spoiler This was back in January and I am not quite sure if their entire team shares the above sentiment. The original statement has now been rewritten to be more clear / correct. Regarding the "several attempts" part I was referring to the mass of e-mails posted on the HLDS mailing list when each of the changes were made, you should still be able to find an archived version on https://list.valvesoftware.com/hlds_linux and https://list.valvesoftware.com/hlds.