What principles exactly? You paid for a game, expecting it to launch on steam. It launches on Steam! I don’t mean that you shouldn’t have principles, I am only curious.. Imho, if any of these people had principles they wanted to show off, it would be to not touch the game, not promote its piracy, that for me is miserable..
If there is any point to prove, it’d be actually buying it on Steam before it ends so Epic will be a wasteland for the whole year of their exclusivity.. Meanwhile the devs will get their cut of a successful game instead of killing the series, same way happened to Deus Ex (wether it was deserved or not isn’t the point).