Indie Hosting Platform Game Jolt Suddenly Bans ‘Porn Games’

In the past few days, an untold number of developers received an email from the game hosting (and game selling) website Game Jolt, announcing the platform had, seemingly out of nowhere, “made the decision to no longer allow content that depicts, solicits, promotes, normalizes, or glorifies sexual acts, sexual solicitation, and sexual violence.” Their games have been kicked off Game Jolt, though existing players can access them for another year. 


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/k7w779/indie-hosting-platform-game-jolt-suddenly-bans-porn-games

Pleasantly surprised to see a Disco Elysium reference at the end. I’ve personally never heard of Game Jolt before, but this is a bad first impression.

If you read their About page and also account for them raising money specifically as a social media platform it becomes kind of obvious that they’re focusing hard on the forum aspect of the website and it’s aimed at children. It’s not hard to then imagine a site like this that’s been around since 2008 having it’s creators decide it’s time to cash out and go public before the main communities it’s hosting (FNAF, Among Us, Minecraft, Undertale) dip in popularity as people move on to different games (I can’t imagine forums are exactly the popular medium either for younger audiences).

So they’re trying to scrub their image up before an IPO and getting on Apple is my take essentially. Which I get, you’ve been running a message board and game hosting site for 14 years that’s aimed at teens I would be looking to cash out as well because I can just imagine the never ending drama.

I think they handled the entire situation incredibly poorly though. They couldn’t give them something like a 60 days notice? What was gained doing this so rapidly, I can’t imagine getting on to Apple is going to just give them a massive profit spike they would have otherwise missed out on in 2 months.

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Good post from Nathalie Lawhead on the issue; some mildly NSFW images from the games, head’s up.

The fact that there is an active Minecraft/FNAF/etc. community on GameJolt is a complete surprise to me, actually. It’s one of those sites I would use to buy and play LGBTQ+ games that weren’t able to get on Steam, so I rarely used the frontpage and would just click a link directly to the game I wanted. Reminds me a bit of the seemingly oxymoronic but crucial distinction between ‘I go on reddit’ and ‘I go on reddit for maybe two specific subreddits’.

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Yeah I remember playing games on it in high school but if you would have told me it now has a 689,000+ member forum for just FNAF I wouldn’t have believed you. But at the same time I can see how FNAF could end up on Game Jolt with a massive community but Among Us having ~254,000 seems wild to me when that game really only picked up in popularity like 2 years ago when there would have been more popular spaces to discuss it.

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