'Active Shooter' video game taken down after backlash

'Active Shooter' video game taken down after backlash

That game, called "Active Shooter", was expected to give players the option to be an active shooter or a SWAT team member in a school scenario.

Valve Corporation pulled "Active Shooter" from the Steam Entertainment platform hours after a petition demanding it be removed topped almost 200,000 signatures.

Bellevue-based gaming company Valve has announced that they will remove a controversial game from their online marketplace Steam. "We are not going to do business with people who act like this toward our customers or Valve", Lombardi said.

Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter died in February's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, expressed outrage in a tweet about the game.

Robinett started the Change.org petition calling on Valve Corporation to ban the game. It's because of this controversy that Valve began looking into the game in the first place.

"Ata is a troll, with a history of customer abuse, publishing copyrighted material, and user review manipulation", the statement continued.

On Wednesday, the BBC reported that the video game will not be released.

Doug Lombardi, a spokesperson for Valve, told USA Today that it removed Revived Games and the game's publisher ACID from Steam. According to the developer, adding the school shooter role was a natural progression of development.

"I'm glad they took the game down, but I was disappointed that they didn't take a stand against the content of the game", she said. The developer was also responsible for Fidget Spinner Simulator 2.

However, this wouldn't have come to light had Active Shooter not gained so much attention from the media. Content that is "patently offensive or meant to shock or disgust viewers" and "content that exploits children in any way" are both on the list.

According to Variety, the Active Shooter game had originally been posted on Steam with a disclaimer that read, "Please do not take any of this seriously".

In defending its game, Acid pointed to other video games available on Steam that depict mass shootings. "Video game designers should think of the influence they hold". Bill Nelson, weighed in on the issue as well, calling the game "inexcusable".

The game allows players to re-create school shootings by stalking school hallways and racking up kills.

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