Valve axes school shooter game from Steam

Valve axes school shooter game from Steam

School shooting title Active Shooter has been pulled from Steam ahead of its planned release.

That's according to Kotaku, who says that Valve ditched the title following a wave of outrage over its dark and - sadly - quite current subject matter.

In an unsurprising turn of events, developer Revived Games and publisher Acid were in fact the same person. And it turns out that this individual has previous for uploading copyrighted material and abusing customers.

"This developer and publisher is, in fact, a person calling himself Ata Berdiyev, who had previously been removed last fall when he was operating as '[bc]Interactive' and 'Elusive Team,'" a spokesperson said.

They continued: "We are not going to do business with people who act like this towards our customers or Valve."

Active Shooter's appearance on Steam - as well as its removal and subsequent backtrack on adult visual novels - revived a conversation about what content is acceptable on its platform. Valve itself is aware of this, and is looking at Steam's content policies.

"The broader conversation about Steam's content policies is one that we'll be addressing soon," the rep said.

News of Active Shooter broke last week. The game cast players as either a school shooter or the SWAT team tasked with dispatching them. It was set for a June 6th release date.

PCGamesInsider Contributing Editor

Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.


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