Steam, one of the largest online video game stores in the world, will now “allow everything” short of content that’s “illegal or straight up trolling.”
The decision comes just weeks after the platform, which is owned by video game developer Valve, was forced to take down a game which simulated a school shooting.
Steam contains thousands of games for PC, and is the main online library of content for virtual reality headsets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
Writing in a lengthy blog post, Valve employee Erik Johnson explained why the company had taken this decision.
“Recently there’s been a bunch of community discussion around what kind of games we’re allowing onto the Steam Store.” He writes.
“As is often the case, the discussion caused us to spend some time examining what we’re doing, why we’re doing it, and how we could be doing it better. Decision making in this space is particularly challenging, and one that we’ve really struggled with.”
Johnson goes on to explain that…