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Valve Decides That Anything Goes

They have stated that they will no longer take down controversial games.

Valve employee Erik Johnson, has stated in an official blog post entitled “Who Gets To Be On The Steam Store?” that valve employees have “decided that the right approach is to allow everything onto the Steam Store, except for things that we decide are illegal, or straight up trolling.”

He went on to say “Taking this approach allows us to focus less on trying to police what should be on Steam, and more on building those tools to give people control over what kinds of content they see.” Johnson also stated that the debate over what should be allowed on steam “play out inside Valve as well.” noting that Valve is a large company with conflicting opinions in it’s employees.

“It also means that the games we allow onto the Store will not be a reflection of Valve’s values, beyond a simple belief that you all have the right to create & consume the content you choose. The two points above apply to all of us at Valve as well. If you see something on Steam that you think should not exist, it’s almost certain that someone at Valve is right there with you.”

This comes after the controversy surrounding Active Shooter, a game that allowed you to participate in a simulation of a school shooting, which was recently removed from the store, the drama around valve’s handling of erotic games, and MangaGamer’s subsequent move to GOG.

What do you think about this move from Steam? Do you think you agree with this tactic?

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