Ever since its release, the school shooting game Active Shooter has been surrounded in controversy. There is even a petition that over 200,000 people have signed to prevent the game’s launch. It is now official that the game has now been removed by Valve from the Steam marketplace.
If you are unaware of the game, you have multiple roles that you can play. You can play as a SWAT team member, a civilian or an active shooter. Unsurprisingly, the game was met with harsh criticism for its overall content matter. Valve decided to take action to not only take down Active Shooter, but to also take down any game published by Revived Games and publisher Acid. However, according to a Valve rep, the game’s were taken down not just because of the content matter and controversy but more of a developer being a “troll”.
First talking to Kotaku, the Valve rep says, “This developer and publisher is, in fact, a person calling himself Ata Berdiyev, who had previously been removed last fall when he was operating as ‘[bc]Interactive’ and ‘Elusive Team'”. The rep went on to describe man as a “troll” and someone who has “a history of customer abuse, publishing copyrighted material, and user review manipulation.” The Valve rep would go on to say, “We are not going to do business with people who act like this towards our customers or Valve”. They also stated that Steam’s content policies are going to need to be addressed very soon.