Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Valve Will Stop Policing on Steam

Valve finally decided to allow everything onto their Steam store, with a few tiny exceptions.

There was a time when we knew Valve Corporation for producing games like Counter-Strike and Left 4 Dead. Today, we know it for developing a digital distribution platform for video games known as Steam. Till now, they were running this stage for developers to showcase their games for consumers to pick them up all from one place and often regulated what types of games should or shouldn't be on the place but that is changing after a recent controversy over their action.

valve steam policing
Valve Will Stop Policing on Steam

RELATED: Steam to Remove Adult Games

When they took a tough stand against Adult visual novels, many independent developers involved with such projects took it to social media to address their frustration with Valve's policing. In past, they even made many of devs to even censor their content in order to keep it on their platform. However, rather than being appreciated, they were heavily criticized by fans and many, leading them to finally decide to stop watching over for offensive or adult content on Steam.

RELATED: State of Decay 2 May Come to Steam

In their official Blog Post, Valve's executive Erik Johnson stated that, their platform will allow almost every type of content from now on unless it is illegal or with an intent of trolling. That means, they have stopped caring about drawing lines and given up that role to the consumers. However, instead of watching over and control what should or shouldn't be on Steam, they will provide various tools to the users, so that they can decide what sort of contents they are interested in and what they want to avoid.

valve steam content
No Content Policing on Steam

RELATED: Valve's Dota Plus Subscription Service Released

With this more hands-off approach, Valve now moves away from the debate of their playing role of a moral gatekeeper and allows more freedom to people. They simply explained that, there will always be some developer or games that offend you and think shouldn't exist but that should never take away a game’s voice in a marketplace. Although, the term illegal is considerably easy to define but what exactly constitutes "trolling" is much more complicated than that and leaves room for confusion and debate in future.