[Update:] User Mellow_Online1 notified us that the Steam Tracker has indicated that SexualDarkness may have attempted to delist some of the games, but Valve banned them instead. Why they were banned? It’s unclear, but one of the games is still listed as unreleased while the others are listed as delisted and banned.
[Original article:] I’m not entirely sure what’s going on with the games on Steam provided by SexualDarkness, but all of them have been removed from the Steam store. Most people assumed it was due to copyright infringement, as Miki3Dx from Affect3D.com has been filing DMCA notices about infringing material. However, according to SexualDarkness, some of the games are down due to personal reasons.
All of SexualDarkness’ titles have been removed from Steam’s store. If you head to the Steam Kiwi page for SexualDarkness’ games, none of their store pages are active.
This comes after DGirls Lovers, Dr. Tanya’s Experiment and both Boarding College visual comics were removed from Steam back on April 12th, 2019. The other games published by the company, including The Lezbian Prison, Sayaka Relaunched, Lareena, Laura “The Nympho”, Public FK, Alien Hardcore Invasion and Evalina are no longer available on Steam either.
Some gamers assumed that this was sprouted up from the copyright involving Miki3Dx, however SexualDarkness hopped into a thread on April 16th, 2019 to clarify why some of the games have been removed from Steam, saying…
“This has nothing to do with miki3dx.
“Boarding college will be back on steam soon, it was removed for private reasons I don’t want to discuss here.
“Even the miki3dx copyright related comics(Dgirls lovers and Dr. Tanya’s experiment) will be back, but I am still discussing a deal with miki3dx, so it may take some time until we finally reach an agreement.”
The store pages aren’t just disabled, though, they’re gone.
According to the SteamDB entry for The Lesbian Prison, Valve removed the store page and all of the accompanying information. The game had been available on Steam since October 22nd, 2018.
The same thing applied to Sayaka Relaunched, which was re-released on January 3rd, 2019, but was caught up in the recent ban wave on April 16th, 2019, according to SteamDB. What’s odd is that all of these removals come just a month after SexualDarkness launched a R18+ comic bundle on Steam.
Some of SexualDarkness’ titles were revived back in late 2018, after Valve instituted the adult filters. Previous to that Valve had banned most of SexualDarkness’ games back in September of 2017 when the studio was known as Ryu. The bans came as part of the original Waifu Holocaust, which carried over into early 2018.
At this point, SexualDarkness isn’t elaborating on what’s going on behind the scenes, but it’s hard to tell how much of this has to do with Miki3Dx, how much of it is on Valve, and how much of it is just some personal drama bleeding over into the business side of things.
I did reach out to Miki3Dx to find out more about the copyright issues, and if they choose to respond I’ll update the article with their response.
(Thanks for the news tip StarKitsune)