THIS week, Valve Corporation, who runs an online store called Steam, where you can buy PC games, changed their policies to say that “any and all content is allowed to be added to Steam – as long as it’s not illegal”.
In case you’ve never heard of Steam before, it’s a bit like the Android or iOS App Store, except for PC games and apps.
Last week, Steam was in the news after someone uploaded a game in which you played as a school shooter. The insensitive and offensive game was on the store for a little while before Valve removed it.
Once the game was removed, people began to question Valve’s policy when it came to offensive games – and they responded differently to most other big tech companies.
“We’ve decided that the right approach is to allow everything onto the Steam store,” one of Valve’s senior employees said. Instead of looking after it themselves, they said they’ll be making tools that mean that the things that you don’t like will be hard for you to find on the Steam store.
Similar to Amazon, they will no longer take any responsibility for what is sold on their
virtual shelves. Valve did clarify that “the games we allow onto the store will not be a reflection of Valve’s values”.
Some people reacted by saying that Valve was making the right call and that customers should be allowed to buy what they want. Others said that a store should be responsible for what they sell and that they were encouraging hateful content to be sold there by “allowing anything”.
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