Valve's Adult Anime Visual Novel Crackdown

Valve's Adult Anime Visual Novel Crackdown

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Updated Jun 07, 2018 at 12:20PM EDT by Adam.

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Valve's Adult Anime Visual Novel Crackdown refers to the controversy surrounding Valve reportedly threatening to remove anime-style dating simulators with sexual and explicit content from Steam unless the developers removed that content from their games. This angered those developers and fans of those games, as Steam has been historically unclear with the kind of content they will allow on their platform, and have been allowing those types of games on the platform for years.


On May 17th and 18th, 2018, several developers of anime visual novel games tweeted that they had been contacted by Valve saying their games were in jeopardy of being removed from the platform due to the explicit sexual content within if that content was not removed in two weeks time. These developers included Manga Gamer, developer of Kindred Spirits,[1] HuniePot,[2] and Lupiesoft.[3]

HunieDev Follow ) HuniePotDev IMPORTANT NOTICE I've received an e-mail from Valve stating that HuniePop violates the rules & guidelines for pornographic content on Steam and will be removed from the store unless the game is updated to remove said content. 8:26 PM 17 May 2018 Lupiesoft @Lupiesoft Follow We've just received some troubling news today that @steam_games has decided to pull down our titled "Mutiny!!" within 2 weeks for 'reports of pornographic content'. Now those of you who know @Lupiesoft know that we don't put that on Steam, or advertise that content on Steam. 10:52 PM 17 May 2018


The following day, Manga Gamer[4] and HuniePot[5] reported that Valve had walked back on what they said the previous day, and that their games were now under review. Kotaku[6] wrote a piece that day pointing out that Valve has been inconsistent with their definition of what constitutes pornography, noting that many of the developers worked with Valve before getting their games on the platform without issue. They also noted that non-anime style games with sexually explicit content such as Witcher III were not subject to the crackdown. Other publications to cover the crackdown included Vice,[7] IGN,[8] PC Mag,[9] and Newsweek.[10]

Steam's Update

On June 6th, Valve's Erik Johnson wrote a blog post discussing the challenges of deciding on a case-by-case basis what kind of adult content is allowed on Steam.[11] Citing the frequent disagreements their content-reviewers experience, Johnson stated Steam's policy from that point on would be to allow "anything" onto the platform unless it was "illegal or straight up trolling." He also stated Steam would give users tools to avoid seeing the kind of games that may offend them. This was covered by Kotaku.[12]

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