Valve Removes Active Shooter School Massacre Game From Steam, Bans 'Abusive' Developer

Valve Removes Active Shooter School Massacre Game From Steam, Bans 'Abusive' Developer

Valve Removes Active Shooter School Massacre Game From Steam, Bans 'Abusive' Developer

Seattle-area gaming company Valve removed a game developer from its website after online outrage over a video game depicting a school shooting.

That game, called "Active Shooter", was expected to give players the option to be an active shooter or a SWAT team member in a school scenario. After several days, Valve reached out to Robinette to say it had taken the game down and blamed the game's developer for going against company rules.

In the end, Valve avoided the argument while still managing to pull Active Shooter by focusing on the developer's past infractions and previous ban under a different name.

Andrew Pollack, whose 18-year-old daughter, Meadow, was killed during the February 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, told the Miami Herald that the "sick people" behind the game were contributing to the desensitization to violence that ultimately claimed the life of his daughter.

Especially the parents of students killed in recent school shootings across the country. It then switches to the viewpoint of the shooter, with a small tracker in the upper left corner of the screen counting the number of police and civilians the shooter kills.

Robinett, the woman who started the petition, celebrated the removal of the game as a victory for those willing to speak up.

Some people also pointed to Valve removing the game HATRED from Steam several years back, only to reverse the decision with Valve CEO Gabe Newell apologizing and saying "it wasn't a good decision" to pull the title.

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On Wednesday, the BBC reported that the video game will not be released. One this is clear, however, and that is Valve refusing "to do business with people who act like this towards customers".

Valve, a privately held company, is known for keeping a low profile and rarely allows inside peeks into its studio, which has developed popular games such as "Dota 2" and "Half-Life".

The game is titled "Active Shooter" and slated for a June 6 release.

"The broader conversation about Steam's content policies is one that we'll be addressing soon", Valve describes moving forward from the debacle.

All that to say, Active Shooter's alleged developer has a history of making crass tie-ins that attempt to capture the zeitgeist, regardless of subject matter.

However, this wouldn't have come to light had Active Shooter not gained so much attention from the media.

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