He then added that by allowing any Steam content on the store, Valve is also effectively authorizing toxicity in the platform. "Berdyev was found to be operating under numerous names on Steam, and had previously been removed from the platform under the names "[bc] Interactive" and "Elusive Team" before creating the names "Acid" and "Revived Games" to publish "Active Shooter".
"Those choices should be yours to make", said Johnson.
But this isn't about helping small-time developers; this is about the role Valve thinks Steam serves for the video game industry.
As it stands, this change to Steam's policy is one of the most significant ones it has made in recent times, and it remains to be seen how the market reacts to this and just how much of an impact this will have on the community and its culture. The problem is Valve takes a pretty big cut of the revenue from titles sold through the store, so when it says that it doesn't agree with content, that doesn't mean that it doesn't want the money it makes from it. Restricting content on the internet is wrong, and reprehensible, and from a superficial standpoint, Valve's move is appreciable in an anti-censorship kind of a way.
"If you see something on Steam that you think should not exist, it's nearly certain that someone at Valve is right there with you", the company says, but decisions to censor will no longer be determined by Valve's own values. "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", writes Johnson.
Further, Valve plans to enhance tools already available that are now "too hidden and not almost comprehensive enough" to help hide games that users don't want to see or don't want their children to see when browsing the Steam Store.
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"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", said Johnson. "We'll be working on this for the foreseeable future, both in terms of what products we're allowing, what guidelines we communicate, and the tools we're providing to developers and players".
In addition, Valve plans to improve anti-harassment tools for developers, so as to prevent them from being mobbed for creating controversial games.
"Unless you don't have any opinions, that's guaranteed to happen".
The company opted to return to what Johnson described as a founding principle of Steam as a service: "If you're a player, we shouldn't be choosing for you what content you can or can't buy". Johnson said humans - not algorithms - now review every controversial title submitted to Steam.
The company has taken flak in the past for allowing some games with sexually explicit scenes onto Steam, like the critically-acclaimed The Witcher 3, while threatening others with rejection. But he didn't specify which camps of game makers or types of issues Valve is looking to assist, and he didn't say whether these efforts will go into improving the ongoing issues of users filling up a Steam game's review or forum sections with trolling and spam.