A game named Active Shooter, which allows players to partake in a school shooting has been dropped by Steam after recent media attention.
Active Shooter was heavily opposed by the families of actual victims of school shootings and an online petition of almost 200,000 signatures attracted even more attention to the disturbing video game as many opposed to its release.
According to BBC News, Valve, which owns Steam, decided to forsake the game due to the developer’s poor history. BBC reports that an anti-gun charity by the name of Infer Trust shed light on the video game, describing the school-shooting simulator as “despicable” and “appalling”.
Families of victims of February’s attack in Florida also spoke up about the game, saying how it was horrifying to see and even Bill Nelson, State Senator to Florida, said the developer should be ashamed.
Valve made statements to the press in several emails, speaking about how they had dropped and rejected the developer, going on to say: “This developer and publisher is, in fact, a person calling himself Ata Berdiyev, who had previously been removed last fall when he was operating as ‘[bc]Interactive’ and ‘Elusive Team’,”
BBC sent the publisher of the game an email for further details and one man going by the name Arthur Belkin responded briefly and spoke about how Ata Berdiyev were good friends and was still awaiting a reply from Steam on the entire issue. He then went on to deny that Ata Berdiyev was behind the development of the game.
Initially, Active Shooter had an option where players could assume the role of the shooter and proceed to rampage through a school and “slaughter as many civilians as possible”, though the option has been removed after the huge amount of attention the game received through the media.