A game developer said that it would pull the planned ‘Active Shooter’ video game after purification.
A game developer and digital distribution company has announced, after facing harsh criticism, that the draw of a video game that allows players to simulate a school shooter.
Valve Inc. announced Tuesday, would attract “Active Shooter” of the online gaming platform, Steam, after learning that the game’s publisher and developer has a history of customer abuse”, which was discovered as a result of the controversy surrounding the game, the Variety and other news outlets reported.
“This developer and publisher is, in fact, a person who is Ata Berdiyev, who had previously been removed in the last autumn, when he was employed as a ‘[bc]Interactive’ and ‘Elusive’ Team,'” Valve said. “Ata is a troll, with a history of customer abuse, the posting of copyrighted material, and user review manipulation. His subsequent return in the context of new business names was a fact that came to light as we researched the controversy surrounding his upcoming title. We are not going to do business with people who act to our customers or shut-off Valve.”
Deadline reported that the publisher, Acid Publish, on the basis of Moscow.
In response to the outrage over the game Active Shooter, Valve has removed both the game and the developer of the Steam market. pic.twitter.com/go7fq4Wclu
— IGN (@IGN) May 30, 2018
The game, which was originally set to be released 6 June caused a wave of opposition because the players are allowed to simulate a school shooting by taking the role of the shooter.
“Only in ‘Active Shooter’, you will be able to choose the role of an Elite S. W. A. T team member or the actual shooter,” the game description on the website read. “Depending on the role, your purpose could be to protect and retrieve, or hunt down and destroy.”
Players would be given “game statistics” where they could see how many citizens and policemen were killed.
The release of the game came a few weeks after the researchers said that the 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis entered Santa Fe High School in Texas, killing 10 persons and injuring 10 others.
Derived from Trust, an anti-gun violence organization, told the BBC the game is “in very bad taste.”
Ryan Petty, the father of Alaina Petty, who was killed in the massacre at marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, took to social media to slam the game crossing the line.
Valve says in its statement that it would address the platform “content-policy” soon.
Despicable. Let @steam_games know games depicting “active shooter” scenarios in schools, where the players shoot citizens, students and law enforcement are unacceptable. https://t.co/7utMvVqYzT
— Ryan Petty (@rpetty) 27 May 2018
Fox News’ Christopher Carbone contributed to this report.