Valve removed the first-person shooter game, Active Shooter from Steam. The removal also comes with the banishment of its Russian developer and publisher, Revived Games and Acid.
PC Gamer is reporting that Valve confirmed to them that the reason for the removal isn’t for the reasons you think. The rep explained…
“This developer and publisher is, in fact, a person calling himself Ata Berdiyev, who had previously been removed last fall when he was operating as ‘[bc]Interactive’ and ‘Elusive Team’
“Ata is a troll, with a history of customer abuse, publishing copyrighted material, and user review manipulation. His subsequent return under new business names was a fact that came to light as we investigated the controversy around his upcoming title. We are not going to do business with people who act like this towards our customers or Valve.”
The rep isn’t just using this as an excuse to ban Active Shooter (although some media reports are painting it that way).
Valve actually has had multiple run-ins with the developer, and their contention with the previously-named Elusive Team date back by more than a year. Over on the Vive sub-reddit there was a post last year of people who had been repeatedly reporting Elusive Team and their games for being asset-flipped scams.
The issue from the Vive community was that they were being misled and duped into purchasing the games from Elusive Team, only to find out that the games were fraudulent scams. User jcfy wrote…
“There is a history of Valve being ignorant of these frauds. There is such a thing that you are so ignorant of the fraud on your platform, that you are held liable for 3rd party developers actions. It doesn’t matter what your lawyers put in the terms of service, that doesn’t override federal laws meant to protect consumers.”
Valve’s rep stating that they’ve had a long and storied history with Elusive Team isn’t wrong.
However, it’s quite obvious that the reason Valve acted so quickly in banning Active Shooter and the Russian developers from the platform is because Active Shooter has been gaining widespread news media attention for its subject matter.
The game is about players taking on the role of either the active shooter who shoots up schools, or the police enforcers tasked with taking him down.
The game was also planned to support multiplayer PvP modes, but it appears that won’t be happening.
Unfortunately, it also looks like this could lead to more censorship of ideas, as PC Gamer notes that the Valve rep noted that they may be tightening up the rules on what gets allowed through Steam Direct, saying…
“The broader conversation about Steam’s content policies is one that we’ll be addressing soon,”
Given that in the recent past Valve has been attempting to censor sexy-time games aimed at straight male gamers, and attempted to enact the waifu holocaust, it’s scary to think just how many more games will be censored during the content policy overhaul.