Steam takes down controversial school shooting game

Todd Singleton
May 31, 2018

Valve has removed the controversial game Active Shooter from Steam, amidst a load of backlash.

The game, Active Shooter, came under fire (sorry) this week after a Seattle woman started a petition calling for its removal in the wake of ongoing school shootings.

Valve Corp.as Steam's parent company said today that it was removing the computer video game because the developer was a "troll with a history of customer abuse".

In the statement, Valve spokesman Doug Lombardi said the game's developer and publisher is a man who had been banned from Steam last fall when he was operating under a different name.

Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter died in February's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, expressed outrage in a tweet about the game.

A USA video game company has withdrawn a game that simulated a school shooting amid fierce criticism from parents of shooting victims and from politicians. The point-of-view angle provides the player with opportunities for more points for shooting civilians and police officers.

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"The company is taking the stand that this game is legal because of free speech and everything else that tech billionaires hide behind when they are doing something the public knows is absolutely morally corrupt but legally fine - but we can not stand for this", the petition read.

Almost 200,000 people have signed a petition on Change.org urging Valve to pull the video game and has since claimed victory.

Despite the comment from Valve, Robinett is happy the game isn't available for purchase now. It also sparked an online petition opposing the game which drew more than 190,000 signatures. However, in an interview with PC Mag, Berdyev claimed his involvement merely amounted to allowing Active Shooter's actual creator to use his United States bank accounts for Steam payments.

The statement concluded by noting that Steam will soon have a "broader conversation" about their content policies. "We can't expect those people to be the only ones who stand up against things like this". "Ninety-nine percent of the people who play this game are going to have no intention of saying, 'I want to go and shoot up a school.' (That's) 99.999 percent". That process takes between one to five days, Valve says, and makes sure the game is working and "not doing anything harmful".

Active Shooter was developed by Acid Publishing Group, which has an online page in English and Russian.

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