This hasn’t been a very good day for Valve as the company is being criticized for a school shooting game soon to be released on Steam by the developer Revived Games. The game called “Active Shooter” is coming out on June 6 and it allows the player to simulate the killing of civilians at a school. The announcement comes a week after a school shooting took place in Santa Fe, Texas.
The developers state they will also release a civilian survival mode in which the player can experience the role of a civilian during the shooting. However, the controversy doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. Here are some of the reactions on social media calling out Valve and the developers:
— pamitha (@pamitha) May 25, 2018
Hey, we need to talk. In NO WAY OR REASON is this game acceptable to release or even make. No only is this offensive, hurtful and disgusting, but it’s also bullshit Steam let this on the market. There’s a way to engage with tough issues and this isn’t it.https://t.co/ydEVRq9lsF
— Sheena Perez (@AMGSheena) May 23, 2018
Wait, WHAT? There’s legit a game on Steam called Active Shooter!? What kind of special dipshit is behind such a tone deaf piece of crap? Reveal yourself, human garbage! I want to hurl shame in your direction! What gives Valve? #activeshooter pic.twitter.com/jEwGwL3UqR
— Shawn Petraschuk (@callmeshawnp) May 24, 2018
Even though the game is not available yet, people are also calling for the game to be removed:
I am disgusted to see that @steam_games is selling an “Active Shooter” game due to be released on June 6 for download. I am requesting that you remove “Active Shooter” from the Steam website & stop selling products that glorify the gun violence killing America’s children.
— flamenco (@4goofballs) May 25, 2018
Revived Games came public and said that “Active Shooter” is not intended to promote mass shootings. “While I can see people’s anger and why this might be a bad idea for the game, I still feel like this topic should be left alone”, they stated.
As the criticism piles up, Revived Games stated they will probably take the shooter’s role out of the game before its release.