Developers such as HuniePot, Neko Works, and Lupiesoft are all receiving warnings from Steam to further censor the sexual content of their games or have them removed from the platform.
To smoke is by far the largest digital distribution platform for PC gamers, with an estimated 75% of the market space in 2013. Now it looks like Steam has issued a warning to several game developers regarding sexual content, threatening to remove the games if they are not censored by a specified deadline. Notably, however, this warning was only issued to developers who create visual novel-type games or anime-style games.
Developers like HuniePot (creators of HuniePop), Neko Works (creators of tropical liqueur), and Lupiesoft (creators of Mutiny!!) all have received warnings from Valve, but the developers who make games such as The witcher Where Exiled conan – both of which have a fair amount of sexual content – would not have received these warnings. Lupiesoft maintains that its game meets Steam guidelines, and it should be noted that games like HuniePop require external patches to unlock sexual content.
Until there is confirmation from developers of other genres, it appears that this warning only applies to the aforementioned playstyles. Check out the tweets from the developers regarding the situation:
While the situation is unfortunate for these developers, this is not the first time that a Banhammer has been used regarding these games, as HuniePop was previously banned from streaming on Twitch. As seen above, Lupiesoft insists that this “nuclear option” ignores both previously established terms and Western games with comparable content. The company also insisted that other developers are speaking out against the action because it poses a real threat in the future when only one company can make such decisions.
Since Valve wants to start making games again, it will be interesting to see how this move affects the business in the future, but this move doesn’t just affect Valve. This could easily have negative consequences for the developers of these aforementioned genres and for those who work in these studios.
Tell us, Ranters, do you think To smoke is he right to insist on these changes?
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