Sometimes game developers and marketers manufacture controversy in order to help promote their games. Usually, this is pretty harmless. But there are times when developers put controversy at the core of their game in order to, I don’t know, upset people? Get attention? Who knows. But that is the case with the game called Active Shooter, wherein the player can play as a school shooter. Valve just recently said no to the game’s developer, Revived Games. Apparently, this isn’t the first time the person behind Revived Games has been removed from the platform.
A Valve representative told Kotaku that the developer is “a person calling himself Ata Berdiyev, who had previously been removed last fall when he was operating as ‘[bc]Inteactive’ and ‘Elusive Team." The rep went on to call Berdiyev a troll and condemned his previous despicable behavior, in terms of customer treatment, copyright theft, and manipulating reviews. It is unclear if the game’s removal was for its content, though, because Valve still plans on addressing how the game fits in with its content policy.
Active Shooter was a game that would allow players to choose roles beyond just that of a school shooter, but considering that the trailer focused on the school shooter aspect, it’s hard to imagine that controversy wasn’t the intent. It’ll be interesting going forward to see what Valve has to say regarding this sort of content.