School Shooting Role-Play Video Game Removed From Steam
The game offered rewards for killing civilians in a school environment.
Valve has confirmed it removed a controversial game titled "Active Shooter" from its online storefront Steam.
The game was scheduled to be released on June 6 but a public outcry from politicians, activists and the parents of school shooting victims forced Valve to investigate the game's origins.
The official description on the website explained that players could choose between playing as a SWAT team member attempting to stop the titular active shooter, or play as the shooter itself. Picking the latter meant the game would reward players for killing students, teachers and police officers.
A counter on the side of the screen offered to tally how many civilians and how many police were killed throughout the game.
The game drew instant criticism from many, including the survivors of the Parkland school shooting from February where 17 students and staff members of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were killed.
The game's developer wrote a post on Steam attempting to clarify the game, promising it would be changed before launch.
"First of all, this game does not promote any sort of violence, especially any soft of a mass shooting," the statement read.
"After receiving such high amount of critics and hate, I will more likely remove the shooters role in this game by the release, unless if it can be kept as it is right now."
Ultimately the game has been wiped from Steam, with a Valve spokesperson claiming the game's publisher had a "history of customer abuse, publishing copyrighted material, and user review manipulation".
"His subsequent return under new business names was a fact that came to light as we investigated the controversy around his upcoming title," the spokesperson told Variety.
"We are not going to do business with people who act like this towards our customers or Valve."
Video games are constantly brought up in regards to the conversation surrounding the prolific public shootings in the United States. As a response to the Parkland school shooting several politicians came out blaming violent video games for creating what they called a "culture of death".
More recently in Australia the game We Happy Few was refused release after the classification board deemed it too explicit due to the use of a fictional drug named "Joy".
While Australia's classification board aims to block any games they believe cross the line it appears Valve has a bigger job to do.
In March an investigation into Steam's community found over 170 groups "that blatantly venerate past school shooters".
Featured image: Revived Games via Steam.