Steam’s new moderation policy is even less of a moderation policy than before

If you have learned nothing about Steam, you have probably noticed that Valve is actively disinterested in moderating, curating, or really interacting with the platform beyond collecting money from games sold there. So it’s surprising that Valve’s latest policy update somehow manages to be even less involved in moderation, stating that there will be absolutely no moderation except for games that are outright illegal or “blatantly trolling.” So you will be able to see adult-only games on there, maybe, as well as absolutely no rules against hate speech, gambling scams, or any of the other problems people have asked the multi-billion-dollar company to deal with.

This has already attracted quite a bit of commentary, ranging from pointing out that permitting anything on Steam does make a statement on Valve’s values to pointing out that it abdicates responsibility to keep things cheaper to just asking what this means for games that have had to cut content. But, hey, nudity is allowed now, because the only way to permit that is to say that absolutely everything is permitted. After all, if you allow bare breasts, how can you then say it’s not all right to have a group called “Kill All Trans [HIDEOUS SLUR] Now”? Obviously they’re exactly the same thing.

Source: Official Post, The Ancient Gaming Noob, Rock Paper Shotgun, Polygon, Twitter; thanks to Serrenity for the tip!
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Chris Ochs

The more difficult it is to find good games on steam, the more the noise level rises, the less appealing it is to me as an indie dev. If I have a core audience I can reach outside of steam, it makes no sense to launch on Steam. Give them 30% for a majority of sales I could have made on my own. Later post launch, sure. I’ll pick up some impulse buyers and people that didn’t hear about the game.

I’m fine with little moderation as long as it comes with better curation. But I’m not holding my breath for that.

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Bob Dobalina

Good for Steam. The less moderation, the better. I do agree that all they should concentrate on are tools for users to control what they see on the store though.

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Adri

Nothing is true everything is permitted then … okay

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PurpleCopper

There’s always the option of NOT buying the game you know. People can be outraged over the most trivial things.

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oldandgrumpy

Kings of Shovelware, guess they are going to upgrade the shovel

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Jeffrey Meade

It doesn’t matter what Valve’s policy is anymore. At some point in the past they opened Pandora’s box by allowing endless piles of shovelware and its too late to really change that. I find myself buying less and less off of Steam because I have zero interest in filtering through the garbage dump its become to find the decent games.

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Denice J. Cook

Their prices aren’t that great anymore, either. If you buy the same game on console (if it’s available, which a lot of them are) then you can game share and in essence, every game costs you half the price.

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Fervor Bliss

Sell to China and retire you obviously do not care anymore.

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Sally Bowls

Although, ironically, being Chinese would put them definitely back in the moderation business.

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Sally Bowls

Hmm, Gabe is an ex-Microsoftie so …

http://www.businessinsider.com/what-is-the-future-of-the-xbox-one-2018-2#3-microsoft-buys-valve-thus-acquiring-steam-and-much-more-3

The poor internet would have an apoloxy overload if Microsoft bought GitHub and Steam in the same month.

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Tanek

For a minute, I thought that was a report on what had happened rather than speculation on what might. DON’T SCARE ME LIKE THAT! :P

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greyformat

Hold on, didn’t they get bullied by Morality in Media a month ago and were told to take down Visual Novels of the anime variety? Sure Devs were giving adult patches offsite, but technically they themselves were not hosting the adult content.

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McGuffn

given the timing, this is the result of that controversy.

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Schmidt.Capela

It might very well be.

The irony of it all is that, should this new plan go forward, Steam might become the prime purveyor of imported Asian/Japanese erotic games to the rest of the world; there’s already a fair number of ecchi/hentai games from minor developers on its storefront, and even Illusion (of Rapelay fame) is already testing the waters with one of their few games that can still be called a game even with the sexual content disabled (and with a patch freely available outside Steam that re-enables said content).

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Kevin McCaughey

You mean Japanese anime of 13 yr old girls getting raped? I don’t see how allowing that on your platform (even if it requires a panty-patch to make it work) is a decent thing to do.

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Jack Pipsam

That’ll end well.

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Alex Willis

I find it very peculiar that people support this change on the basis that Valve should not be in the business of censoring their content, and keeping it from an audience. Because if there’s one thing Steam is known for, it is LACK OF OPTIONS

https://www.polygon.com/2018/1/10/16873446/steam-release-dates-2017