Valve is aiming for games containing adult contents on Steam. In fact, the company has sent a warning to take down the sexual contents. Is it the right move?
A number of publishers and developers went out to Twitter to state their disagreement. HunieDev, Neko Works, and Lupiesoft all reached out on Twitter. Most notable protests came from developers Lupiesoft.
The company which creates visual novels focused on ecchi (Japanese term of erotic content) such as Mutiny!! claims that it has followed Steams’ regulation. The company also stated that ecchi is different from pornography.
We've just received some troubling news today that @steam_games has decided to pull down our titled "Mutiny!!" within 2 weeks for 'reports of pornographic content'. Now those of you who know @Lupiesoft know that we don't put that on Steam, or advertise that content on Steam.
— Lupiesoft (@Lupiesoft) May 18, 2018
– IMPORTANT NOTICE –
I've received an e-mail from Valve stating that HuniePop violates the rules & guidelines for pornographic content on Steam and will be removed from the store unless the game is updated to remove said content.
— HunieDev (@HuniePotDev) May 17, 2018
We have been informed that adult content in Tropical Liquor must be censored by the end of this month or the game will be removed from Steam. We are working on this issue.https://t.co/Cs3VxVARQy #steam
— NEKO WORKs@OVA配信中！ (@nekopara_pr) May 18, 2018
Even Lupiesoft’s publisher and also a game platform, Magnagamer officially states that the agency is not breaking any Steam laws or guidelines.
“We stand by our assertion then that content of the game is not pornographic, but an earnest and tasteful exploration of sexuality,” wrote the publisher.
ItIclaims that Valve does not have any clear guidelines or standards before threatening to pull its games from Steam.
They also have reached Valve to discuss and try to find a way out. It turned out well for them as Valve said they will review the game and will send further notice.
Although Magnagamer is mostly concern for their game Kindred Spirits, the company is also concerned for other games connected to the genre.
What the developers and publishers stated are mostly true according to us. If Valve wants to take out adult contents on games, shouldn’t they have also contacted CD Projekt Red on The Witcher series?
If no, then all the visual novel developers and publishers have the right to complain. It looks as though Valve is “stereotyping” genre and it is not good.
Valve is really aggressive right now. They previously removed a couple of games due to fake review and also updated their policy that made SteamSpy less effective.
Nevertheless, we will keep you updated on both Valve and the other developers and publishers.
Edited by Devi