Fap CEO, This Is My Story, And Yaoi Visual Novel Sakura Tempest Banned From Steam
Sakura Tempest

Valve dropped the ban hammer on three more games on March 28th, 2019. This time they’ve targeted some yaoi content, which isn’t the first time they’ve banned a yaoi visual novel, but this is probably their most high profile banning of yaoi content since they’ve been banning content back in late 2018.

We originally reported back on March 23rd, 2019 that D-KET had plans on launching Sakura Tempest onto Steam. The original release date was set for March 18th, 2019 but it looks like Valve denied the game’s release on Steam since it was an Adults Only visual novel set in high school. This is despite the fact that the game is yaoi, which Valve have typically shown favoritism toward in the past.

According to the SteamDB entry Sakura Tempest was banned from Steam on March 28th, 2019.

Not only that but Valve even went a step further and completely removed the game’s community hub from Steam. If you click the Hub button on the SteamDB entry it redirects you back to the front page of Steam.

Now to be fair to Valve, they did say that they would be scrutinizing games set in “schools” a lot more than other types of games, and that if they determined the games contained “child exploitation” they would be banned. This isn’t a definitive rule that they’ve maintained with any sort of consistency, but it has been their modus operandi for the last couple of months. This is the first time it’s been applied to a yaoi game of this kind, though.

This also applied to the game This Is My Story from developer Lunisky Studio, which was supposed to be out at some point in the winter of 2019, but was banned on March 28th, 2019 according to the SteamDB entry.

What’s odd is that Valve allowed the game to be entered onto Steam and have a store page since as far back as November, 2018, while the store page itself was given the green light to go live back on February 7th, 2019.

However, Valve banned it. Why? Well, even though it wasn’t the R18+ version of the game based on the now removed Steam store page, it featured some characters in a high school setting.

However, the game did have a mature content rating that mentioned the following…

“This game contains strong language, description of sexual acts and nudity.”

So it’s possible that while the game didn’t contain R18+ content since it wasn’t classified as Adults Only, it may have contained content that Valve may have determined to be too mature for their liking.

Of course, it’s not possible to get a gauge on what the content was like or what the feedback from the community was like because Valve completely deleted the community hub.

The same applies to the game Girls Puzzle. You can’t even access the game’s community hub page from the SteamDB entry. Valve banned the game on March 28th, 2019 according to the history after it was originally submitted to Valve for review back in February of 2019.

The same thing applies to Nutaku’s Fap CEO, which came out back in August of 2018. It’s still available to play over on Nutaku’s store page, but Valve denied the game’s release on Steam.

If you check the SteamDB entry you’ll see that the game was denied release on the Steam store, which seems to indicate that Valve is cracking down on certain kinds of adult oriented games, even if they’re not set in schools, or feature “child exploitation”, or don’t fall into Valve’s “legally grey” area.

Interestingly enough you can still click on the “Free” button over on the SteamDB page to install Fap CEO to your account.

What’s so significant about this news unlike other games being banned is that Valve is now removing the entire community hubs for these games. So if developers communicate the reasons behind the bans or delays in the review process, or share e-mails about the reasons behind the ban, you won’t know about it. Also questions about the game’s content, relating to whether these games are actually R18+ versions or the extent of the explicit content, you won’t be able to use the forums or discussion threads to find that out.

Ultimately it means that Valve is removing a point of information access for those on the outside looking in, and have removed any means of finding out why some of these games are getting banned unless the developers themselves announce the reasons why.

I did reach out to Nutaku to find out if Valve communicated to them as to why Fap CEO was rejected from Steam, especially since it’s not a game set in a high school or features any “child exploitation”. If they respond the article will be updated with their response.

This means that several more games will be added to the Waifu Holocaust 2.0 banned game list.

(Thanks for the news tip StarKitsune)

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