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Indies take down Steam games over Valve's Black Lives Matter silence

Indies take down Steam games over Valve's Black Lives Matter silence

A number of indie developers have taken their games down from Valve's Steam platform after the company has stayed silent about Black Lives Matter.

As reported by GamesIndustry.biz, this started with Art Squool, with developer Julian Glander announcing on Twitter that he was removing the firm's games from Steam. Furthermore, he says he won't be publishing on the platform again.

Ghost Time Games' founder Gabriel Koenig followed suit, saying that studios have "the power to demand change."

Meanwhile, First Winter developer Dan Sanderson has taken the title from Steam.

Valve is one of a handful of games companies that has remained silent on the issue of Black Lives Matter following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. A number of firms have voiced their support for the movement, though only a few have done anything to change the situation.

Humble is putting $1m a year into the Black Game Developers Fund to publish titles from black creators, while Itch.io raised $8.1m for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and the Community Bail Fund with its Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality offering.

Developer Double Fine has donated $12,000 to anti-racist causes, while fellow Microsoft studio 343 Industries is donating 100 per cent of Halo 5 microtransaction revenue between June 19th and July 19th to charity.

League of Legends maker Riot Games is giving $10m to black startups as well as $1m to anti-racist causes. Meanwhile, Don't Starve studio Klei has donated $1m to charity.


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He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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