Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Valve Removes ‘Active Shooter’ Game and Its Developer From Steam

A planned video game in which a player can be a school shooter draws outrage A planned video game in which a player can be a school shooter draws outrage
Glenn Montgomery | 30 May, 2018, 19:28

Valve has removed controversial game "Active Shooter" and the developer responsible for it from its digital storefront, Steam, after outrage from across the country, including Parkland High School parents. The game's publisher, a Russian own company called 'Acid, ' says they're reconsidering allowing gamers to play the role of the shooter after receiving so much criticism.

A Valve representative told Kotaku that the developer was a person calling himself Ata Berdiyev and is a "troll" who has a "history of customer abuse, publishing copyrighted material, and user review manipulation".

"I hope Valve decides not to put it on their platform and I hope if they do, I hope everybody boycotts it and they go out of business".

The game has struck a chord as the nation continues to deal with school shootings like the one in Parkland, Fla. where 17 people were killed and one earlier this month in Santa Fe, N.M. where 10 students and staff died. "Keeping our kids safe is a real issue affecting our communities and is in no way a 'game'".

More than 87,000 people have signed an online petition urging the website not to release the game.

However, others called it a tasteless excuse for a game in light of recent school mass shootings.

"This game, along with other games that glorify shooting people in a massacre kind of style, we have got to draw the line somewhere", Michael Mata, President of DPA, said.

It's set to launch June 6 on the Steam Marketplace.

Steam said in a statement that the creator of the game that simulates a school shooting had previously been banned from the popular platform but changed the name of his business to return to selling games. Although that particular choice in itself is nothing new when it comes to video games, the main point of contention arises over the option of acting as an active shooter in a school setting.

"This is inexcusable", Nelson said on Twitter. "Only in "Active Shooter", you will be able to pick the role of an Elite S.W.A.T team member or the actual shooter", the game page states.

"Then I thought about adding more gameplay to it by adding additional roles: of the shooter and the civilian", Acid posted Thursday.

At the bottom of the game's description, a statement adds: "Please do not take any of this seriously".

"Originally when this game started its course of development, I have (sic) planned on having SWAP only based on game-play".

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