You may or may not know that Valve has been warning developers whose games include adult or violent content to remove the explicit themes if they want the games to be allowed on Steam. It, later on, adopted a slightly more lenient content policy which allowed controversial content as long as it wasn’t illegal. But, according to one developer, Valve hasn’t completely ended its moderation practices here.
Valve is reported to be holding back some games from Steam that have adult content. This was first claimed by Shining Song Starnova creator Love in Space through Twitter after the title was withheld from Steam until the developers satisfied new requirements. Valve later confirmed to Gamasutra that “Yes, some titles are being held. We will have more info on this soon.”
The company says that it’s working on new features to provide users with more control over the content they see. The problem is we don’t know what Valve considers to be a violation of its content policy and it’s yet to provide any information about the new features so far.
Many developers who have submitted games on Steam are effectively in limbo right now. Valve hasn’t told them when it will allow the games to be listed on Steam so until that happens, the developers are at their mercy. This is the problem when anyone tries to decide what is in good taste and what is not. Valve will hopefully step aside and let players judge what they will play or not.