Steam Vows to Allow Everything

Steam Vows to Allow Everything
The online games store says it is guaranteed to contain titles that some people hate.

(CCM) — The Steam online games store has made an abrupt U-turn just weeks after banning a controversial school shooting simulator, and now says that it will "allow everything" to be offered unless it is illegal or "straight up trolling."

Valve, the game publisher behind Steam, says that it would no longer make decisions about what should or should not be available for sale on the site, according to a BBC report.

"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 said in a statement about the new content rules.

"It means that the Steam Store is going to contain something that you hate, and don't think should exist. Unless you don't have any opinions, that's guaranteed to happen," the statement added.

The company has not clearly defined what "straight up trolling" actually means, but said that the designer of Active Shooter, the school shooting game, was a "troll." This would appear to indicate that the ban on the game will remain in place under the new policy, the report said.

Palmer Luckey, the creator of the Facebook-owned Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, said on Twitter that the move was good news for headset owners of all brands. "This policy is going to be a huge boon for VR software, particularly adult content," he tweeted.

Image: © Valve.