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Tech & Science Steam Store will accept anything that's not 'illegal' or 'trolling'

11:07  07 june  2018
11:07  07 june  2018 Source:   engadget.com

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In efforts to police content on Steam , Valve suddenly changed its policy in mid-May and cracked down on on certain visual novels, giving them a week or two to change their content or be removed from the store . Weeks later, they've formally announced a new one: Allow everything that ' s not illegal or

Steam to allow anything and everything (unless illegal , or ) | NeoGAF - www.neogaf.com. "With that principle in mind, we've decided that the right Weeks later, they've formally announced a new one: Allow everything that ' s not illegal or "straight-up trolling " and give players tools not to see games

a close up of a white wall© Provided by Engadget In efforts to police content on Steam, Valve suddenly changed its policy in mid-May and cracked down on certain visual novels, giving them a week or two to change their content or be removed from the store. The resulting backlash from confused developers and angry fans pushed Valve to walk back that policy. Weeks later, they've formally announced a new one: Allow everything that's not illegal or "straight-up trolling" and give players tools not to see games they don't like.

The company will take almost a completely hands-off approach to moderating content on Steam and introduce better tools to let players filter out content. "Taking this approach allows us to focus less on trying to police what should be on Steam, and more on building those tools to give people control over what kinds of content they see," Valve's business head Erik Johnson wrote in a blog post announcing the new policy.

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"With that principle in mind, we've decided that the right approach is to allow everything onto the Steam Store , except for things that we Topical videos: Valve Will Now Let 'Everything Onto The Steam Store ' - IGN News. As long as it' s not illegal or "straight up trolling ," Valve will allow it on Steam .

Steam to allow anything and everything (unless illegal , or ) | NeoGAF - www.neogaf.com. "With that principle in mind, we've decided that the right Weeks later, they've formally announced a new one: Allow everything that ' s not illegal or "straight-up trolling " and give players tools not to see games

This is pretty much Valve giving up and washing its hands of responsibility since it and it alone decides what is 'illegal' or 'trolling,' as Polygon pointsout. Developers will be urged to self-report what potentially controversial content their games include or face potential banishment from the platform. In exchange, they'll get protective options, too: "Developers who build controversial content shouldn't have to deal with harassment because their game exists," Johnson wrote.

The exceptions would align this new barely-policing policy with Valve's recent decision to ban the game Active Shooter from Steam. At the time, Valve openly called the title's creator "a troll, with a history of customer abuse, publishing copyrighted material and user review manipulation." But the policy change essentially opens the platform up to a lot of controversial content -- which, so long as it's not illegal or insincere, is fair game -- that Valve insists has a right to be on there, just like players have the right not to see it.

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Valve says that Steam will now publish practically anything developers submit. According to a lengthy office blog post, "Who Gets To Be On The Steam Store ?," Valve's Erik Why the change? That ' s what Johnson's entire post is about, and it'd be inadequate to boil it down to a choice quote or two.

In efforts to police content on Steam , Valve suddenly changed its policy in mid-May and cracked down on on certain visual novels, giving them a week or two to change their content or be removed from the store .

"There will be people throughout the Steam community who hate your games, and hope you fail to find an audience, and there will be people here at Valve who feel exactly the same way. However, offending someone shouldn't take away your game's voice. We believe you should be able to express yourself like everyone else, and to find others who want to play your game," Johnson wrote.

But complaints haven't all been about adult or discriminatory content -- the new policy says nothing about quality control, which is a growing problem as the volume of titles coming to the platform skyrocket (over 10,000 games are expected to be added to Steam in 2018). Per the new policy, Valve won't make significant changes to the platform until they've finished some of the tools described in the post.

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