Valve’s purging of sex-based video games on Steam is being put on hold for now. The company has made another reversal and told creators to “disregard previous notice” about a 2-week deadline to censor adult content or risk having their games removed.
MangaGamer, Sekai Project, HuniePot, Neko Works, Lupiesoft, WinterWolves Games, and Dharker Studios were some of the most notable developers and publishers that received surprise notices from Valve.
Update: We have just received word from Valve to disregard the previous notice. According to the e-mail, Kindred Spirits will be re-reviewed and we will be provided with specific feedback if there are concerns about the game’s content.
— MangaGamer (@MangaGamer) May 19, 2018
We also have gotten an email from Valve to disregard their email about content issues and to wait for a follow-up email. We will post more information once we have it!
— Sekai Project (@sekaiproject) May 19, 2018
Regarding the removal of Tropical Liquor on Steam, we received word that it will be re-evaluated.
— NEKO WORKs@OVA配信中！ (@nekopara_pr) May 20, 2018
Lupiesoft has also just received word from Valve that Mutiny!! is being re-reviewed for content, and that the 2 week deadline is off.
We'll update everyone as any more information comes our way.
— Lupiesoft (@Lupiesoft) May 19, 2018
I should be clear this doesn't mean we're out of the woods. It just means we have an interesting development. Whatever the case, the communication and clarification from Valve is very, very much appreciated.
— HunieDev (@HuniePotDev) May 19, 2018
so, a follow up about #Roommates! I just got an email from Steam saying to disregard previous warning and that they'll take time to review the game again.
A pity since my direct sales were never so high as in the past 3 days LOL (I'm joking of course)
— WinterWolves Games (@pcmacgames) May 20, 2018
Steam have notified us that we can disregard their previous message and advised us of specifics regarding aspects they are reviewing. On the whole let's all draw a deep breath and move on.
— Dharker Studios (@DharkerStudio) May 19, 2018
Valve has walked back the 2-week deadline and will re-reviewing the games to see if they violate their new guidelines on sexual content. After their review, they’ll update the game creators with a list of what needs to be censored. From there, the creators can choose to update their games or have it pulled from Steam.
This is the latest wrinkle in Valve’s shifting view of sexual games. In 2017, Valve began removing sexually explicit games from Steam. “Steam Versions” of erotic games with censorship could be sold, but creators were forbidden from linking to and talking about patches that would allow players to uncensor the game.