Moe Reversi Gets Censored, Removes Ecchi Content In Hopes Of Getting Steam Release
Moe Reversi

Developer icharax had their game Moe Reversi banned from Steam on January 9th, 2019. There was no reason given as to why the game was banned but Valve promptly had it removed from Steam despite the fact that it had no nudity nor any sexual content. It did, however, contain ecchi sequences where the girls in the game would have their clothes blown off and you would see them in their bra and panties. It appears the game is now attempting to come back to Steam, albeit in censored form.

The developers have a brand new app ID for the game, which means that they had to pay to submit the game through Steam Direct again after the original entry ID was banned. The game is currently visible on the the Steam store page but it’s not available for purchase yet.

Moe Reversi’s return to Steam is far less than appreciated given that the entire hook for the game has been completely removed.

The game no longer has any sort of ecchi content at all, and blowing the girls’ clothes off has been taken out of the game entirely.

You can see just how tame the gameplay is now with the most recent trailer, which simply features one of the anime school girls next to the reversi board as players compete against the AI opponent.

Basically it’s now just a standard game of reversi. You’ll battle against up to eight different opponents across typical anime tropes, including the tsundere types, gyrau, and the sexy teacher.

The current release date is set for February, 2019 next month. More specifically, SteamDB lists the game as having a February 8th, 2019 release date.

There’s really no telling if the game will actually release this time around, or if Valve will still hold it up even though it now has absolutely zero sex-appeal at all. Valve may have approved for the store page to go live but it doesn’t mean they’ll approve for the game to launch on the actual storefront.

Icharax also decided to keep the tags basic this time around, only adding “Indie” and “Casual” and absolutely nothing else to database information.

The developer has been in a tight bind lately because they wanted to release the game on Steam at some point during January, but when the game got banned from the storefront they didn’t really know what to do. One of the biggest issues was that they don’t speak English very well and have been trying to find a Japanese-to-English translator on social media.

Previous to that, I did reach out to icharax to ask about the game’s content to confirm if it actually contained any nudity and they explained that there were only panty shots, no actual nude scenes or sexual content in the game.

So basically, Valve is banning games even if they only contain ecchi content, which means that it’s suggestive but not explicit.

This seems to go against Valve’s own policy where so long as the content wasn’t illegal or trolling, it would be allowed on Steam. Obviously that’s no longer the case.

Some developers have inferred that “school” settings and “child exploitation” will net a game higher than usual scrutiny from Valve and will likely result in a ban, even if it doesn’t contain nudity or sexual content, as evident with the ban of Hello, Goodbye, or various games like Victory Project or Food Girls being withheld from release.

This also clearly goes against Valve’s own policies where they stated that they would no longer be the “taste police”. Clearly, if they’re banning games not because they actually violated any specific policy but because certain curators at Valve don’t like the themes, then it basically means that Valve is still the “taste police”. The only difference is now is that some adult-oriented games are allowed to release on Steam while other games (some of which that aren’t even adult games, like The Key To Home) are not.

Valve was originally contacted when Moe Reversi was first banned to ask about clarification on the content policies, but they have not responded to any of the inquiries about the multitude of games they’ve been banning since implementing the adult filters.

(Thanks for the news tip Rick)

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