Valve has taken down the product page for a game where you play a ‘menacing serial killer rapist’, saying it poses ‘unknown costs and risks’.
Earlier in the week Valve came under intense pressure for allowing a game called Rape Day onto Steam, a game which described itself as allowing players to ‘verbally harass, kill, and rape women as you choose to progress the story’.
Valve has made a point before of not judging the content of games on Steam, but it seems this one was so extreme they’ve made an exception.
‘Much of our policy around what we distribute is, and must be, reactionary – we simply have to wait and see what comes to us via Steam Direct’, reads a short blog post.
‘We then have to make a judgement call about any risk it puts to Valve, our developer partners, or our customers. After significant fact-finding and discussion, we think ‘Rape Day’ poses unknown costs and risks and therefore won’t be on Steam.
‘We respect developers’ desire to express themselves, and the purpose of Steam is to help developers find an audience, but this developer has chosen content matter and a way of representing it that makes it very difficult for us to help them do that.’
The game has now been removed from Steam but the developer’s own website has vowed to carry on, and even set up a new site for games that are ‘too morally reprehensible for Steam’.
‘First step is setting up sale for the game somewhere else’, reads a FAQ answer.
‘The next step is reaching out to other quality developers whose game(s) were banned, which include pornographic content and nothing illegal, to organise a niche site where you can purchase porn games that are too morally reprehensible for Steam. This will take a little time, for example finding the right payment processor for such a project. But don’t worry… it will happen.’