There was a degree of controversy surrounding the game, Active Shooter, which had a degree of school shooting in it. Most people were pretty vocal about the idea that a game shouldn’t have any degree of school shooting in it. The discussion prompted Valve to make some decisions, and the resolution to the problem was to throw Active Shooter in the virtual trash. It wasn’t for the reasons you’d expect, though, because Valve determined that the publisher was a troll who had been banned from the platform before. They did, however, state that they would eventually make a statement regarding what kind of content they would allow won the platform, and now they have done precisely that.
What Valve has said is that the company will “allow everything onto the Steam Store, except for things that we decide are illegal, or straight up trolling,” said Erik Johnson from Valve. He also mentioned that a team at Steam usually disagreed on what content should be permitted, just as the users do. In the wake of a discussion involving adult games as well, this seems to be a big shift for Steam.
It is unclear if, going forward, the new policy will make users less mad now that the rules are at least clear due to, well, actually being established; subjective elements seem to be gone beyond a determination of what constitutes “straight up trolling.” It will be interesting to see what the store looks like in the near future.