Valve has removed the controversial school shooting game Active Shooter and its developer from the Steam marketplace.
The description of Active Shooter (now removed,) called it a “dynamic SWAT simulator in which dynamic roles are offered to players.” In the game, you could play as a shooter, a SWAT team member, or a civilian, and its trailer depicted a shooter massacring his way through school halls.
Understandably, Active Shooter attracted controversy on its forums, with one Steam user calling it a ‘step too far’ despite being a fan of ‘offensive humor’.
Today, Valve took down Active Shooter from Steam, as well as any game published by Revived Games and publisher Acid, but not for the reasons you might think.
“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 Valve rep told Kotaku. The rep called the developer a “troll” with “a history of customer abuse, publishing copyrighted material, and user review manipulation,” and his identity was revealed during Valve’s investigation of Active Shooter.
“We are not going to do business with people who act like this towards our customers or Valve,” the rep said. As for Active Shooter’s content, the rep promised that “the broader conversation about Steam’s content policies is one that we’ll be addressing soon.”
Lucy O’Brien is Games & Entertainment Editor at IGN’s Sydney office. Follow her on Twitter.