Active Shooter removed from Steam amidst controversy

31 May 2018, 05:36 | Myrtle Hill

'Disgusting' Active Shooter game outrages parents of school shooting victims

Active Shooter

Valve Inc. announced Tuesday it would pull "Active Shooter" from its online gaming platform, Steam, after learning that the game's publisher and developer has a "history of customer abuse", according to Fox News.

A sick active shooter game that allowed players to shoot students and police officers inside a school has been removed from a gaming site after families of school shooting victims and hundreds of thousands online expressed outrage.

In the end, Valve avoided the argument while still managing to pull Active Shooter by focusing on the developer's past infractions and previous ban under a different name.

A United States video game company has withdrawn a game that simulated a school shooting amid fierce criticism from parents of shooting victims and from politicians. As Variety reported, Steam has a program that allows anyone to release a video game for a $100 fee, but that it does have guidelines in place forbidding hate speech, pornography and "adult content that's not appropriately labeled".

Developer Revived Games also planned to release a civilian survival mode, where gamers could become a civilian character trying to survive a shooting, according to Variety. Valve has since responded to the criticism that the title has drawn, removing it from the platform. "We need to expect more of the billion-dollar companies in our community that are making things possible like school shooting games".

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Valve is a privately held company which has developed popular games such as Dota 2 and Half-Life. One this is clear, however, and that is Valve refusing "to do business with people who act like this towards customers".

A petition calling on Valve to not launch the game garnered more than 150,000 signatures.

"The broader conversation about Steam's content policies is one that we'll be addressing soon", Valve describes moving forward from the debacle. In GTA V, for example, a player can pay a prostitute to have sex, then beat her to death and take back the money. However, in an interview with PC Mag, Berdyev claimed his involvement merely amounted to allowing Active Shooter's actual creator to use his USA bank accounts for Steam payments.

In response to the outcry over the game, publisher Acid published a response on the game's Steam page, saying "this game does not promote any sort of violence, especially any soft (sic) of a mass shooting".

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