Steam takes down controversial school shooting game

Active Shooter Removed From Steam Dev Called A'Troll

The PC game, "Active Shooter", was set to be released June 6 on Steam, an online gaming store and platform owned by Valve Corp., a video game developer.

The cancellation came after parents and lawmakers nationwide expressed anger over the game, called "Active Shooter", which would have allowed players to participate as either a member of a SWAT team tasked with disarming a school shooter or in the role as the active shooter themselves, according to USA Today.

According to Deadline, the game's publisher, Acid Publishing, is based out of Moscow, Russia. In addition, both the game developer (Revived Games) and publisher (ACID) have been banned by Valve Corporation from using Steam. His subsequent return under new business names was a fact that came to light as we investigated the controversy around his upcoming title. "We can't expect those people to be the only ones who stand up against things like this".

Valve will be holding broader conversations soon about Steam's content policies, Lombardi said.

More than 57,000 people signed a petition to ban the game. Still, the company's statement didn't exactly inspire trust.

Valve says on its website that it does not screen the third-party content on Steam, and does not assume responsibility for it.

"While I can see people's anger and why this might be a bad idea for the game, I still feel like this topic should be left alone", the game developer said.

An online petition urging Valve to pull "Active Shooter" before its release had more than 200,000 signatures.

On Wednesday, the BBC reported that the video game will not be released.

Professional video gamer "Siefe" explained the video game's premise and how he couldn't believe the game was on Steam in the first place. In GTA V, for example, a player can pay a prostitute to have sex, then beat her to death and take back the money.

The developer took to the game's since deleted Steam page to try to defend it, saying that he didn't want to promote any type of violence. 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.

Robinette's concern is that not enough research has been done to find out how video games may be linked to violent behavior.

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