Valve will no longer attempt to regulate content that appears on the Steam storefront. This means you no longer have to worry about them removing your sexy anime games.
Valve’s Erik Johnson wrote a detailed blog post sharing the company’s new approach. Everything, including controversial content involving sexuality and racism, will be allowed. “We’ve decided that the right approach is to allow everything onto the Steam Store, except for things we decide are illegal, or straight up trolling,” Johnson wrote. “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.”
To compensate for less moderation, Valve will enable filters that customers can use to hide certain offensive content and to override their recommendation algorithms. Johnson said, “So if you don’t want to see anime games on your Store, you’ll be able to make that choice.”
Valve will also roll out “anti-harassment tools” to protect developers from being attacked for creating offensive games. Johnson added that while many of Valve’s staff may disagree with certain offensive games, it should be up to the market to decide if they are successful. The only caveat is that offensive content may need to be censored based on a country’s decency laws.
“If you’re a developer of offensive games, this isn’t us siding with you against all the people you’re offending,” added Johnson. “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,” he continued.
Johnson ended by stating, “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. But that’s it.”