Valve Removes Controversial ‘Active Shooter’ Game and Its Developer from Steam

Valve has removed controversial game “Active Shooter” and the developer responsible for it from its digital storefront Steam.

“Active Shooter” was a FPS where players could choose to be members of an elite SWAT team or the titular active shooter, according to its Steam description. Depending on what role they picked, players were tasked with either neutralizing the target or hunting and killing civilians in a school setting. A counter in the corner of the screen tallied the number of cops and civilians killed.

The game was scheduled to launch on Steam June 6, but widespread condemnation and anger from lawmakers, activists, and the parents of school shooting victims apparently caused Valve to investigate. In an email to Variety, a Valve spokesman said the person who made the game has a history of abusive behavior and it’s removed both developer Revived Games and publisher Acid from its digital storefront.

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SOURCE: Variety, Stefanie Fogel