And not even for those cheap, recycled game assets and almost non-existent anti-aliasing, although that’s probably some sort of crime too. Instead, unironically-ironic edgelord-prime murder sim Active Shooter and developer Revived Games’ entire catalogue has been deleted from Steam, with Valve citing “a troll, with a history”.
The game was expected to launch sometime next month, probably just in time to cash in on the next US high school massacre, according to statistics. Not exactly unexpectedly, its questionable content prompted almost instant drama, and Active Shooter has now been neutralised – but not because of it’s a game about killing kids, or at least, not entirely. Valve apparently realised that the developer was one Ata Berdiyev, the same guy previously responsible for other tabloid-level games including White Power: Pure Voltage, Tyde Pod Challenge, and Fidget Spinner Simulator.
“Ata is a troll, with a history of customer abuse, publishing copyrighted material, and user review manipulation,” a Valve rep told Motherboard. “His subsequent return under new business names was a fact that came to light as we investigated the controversy around his upcoming title. We are not going to do business with people who act like this towards our customers or Valve. The broader conversation about Steam’s content policies is one that we’ll be addressing soon.”