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Valve will no longer regulate the Steam Store

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"Who Gets To Be On The Steam Store?" has been a question that Valve and its millions of customer have been debating over for years, and we now finally have the answer.

Everyone.

After the dust has settled only two types of games remain forbidden from entering the Steam Store; games with illegal content, and games that are considered to be trolling.

The problem with the above two rules is that "trolling " can be subjective, and the question of "what's illegal" can differ depending on country and or state. Then there's the question of what even constitutes as a video game?

An example that fits all three of the above mentioned questions was the recent school shooter "Active Shooter" that Steam removed from the Store. Valve's answer to the complicated question is, therefore, to place the responsibility on the user, while they focus on fine-tuning the platform as a tool for selling and purchasing video games.

" ... we've decided that the right approach is to allow everything onto the Steam Store, except for things that we decide are illegal, or straight up trolling," explains Steam. "Taking this approach allows us to focus less on trying to police what should be on Steam, and more on building those tools to give people control over what kinds of content they see."

This means that Valve will no longer regulate Steam, which naturally opens the floodgates of the Store, and if like me, your first reaction is that how will you be able to navigate through thousands of games and only focus on what is important to you, then fear not, there will be a way. Valve's first order of business is to implement tools that will enable users to override Steam recommendations and only see the games that they want to. So basically, the system will hide the games you don't want to browse through.

Valve's approach is two-fold; they want to shift the responsibility to the developers and users, thereby removing themselves from the debate, and instead focus on selling. Secondly, they want to create a barrier that protects developers against harassment (or discussion) from customers because if you open the floodgates of the world's biggest PC games seller, you're going to get some pretty controversial games.

"And it's not just players that need better tools either - developers who build controversial content shouldn't have to deal with harassment because their game exists, and we'll be building tools and options to support them too," continues Steam. "So what does this mean? It means that the Steam Store is going to contain something that you hate, and don't think should exist. Unless you don't have any opinions, that's guaranteed to happen. But you're also going to see something on the Store that you believe should be there, and some other people will hate it and want it not to exist."

All I can say is that I hope those user tools will work properly or else Steam is going to turn into Pandora's Box, and Valve will have a lot more controversy to deal with than they can imagine.

Source: Steam

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