So I went to bed angry last night.
Here’s a thread from Lupiesoft, an open queer studio.
The just is that Valve removed a bunch of games from their service last night, and they were all games with “anime” art styles, and there were some big names on that list like Kindred Spirits on the Roof and HuniePop. Also, and most importantly, all of these games (as far as I can tell) had lesbian content.
“But isn’t this just about adult content games?”
See, Valve already had a policy up for those sorts of games. You don’t put adult content versions on Steam and don’t advertise any adult content patches on Steam in any way, and you’re fine. Only two games in this group were doing that (like HunipePop) but everyone else was following this directive closely. I’ve played the censored version of LupieSoft’s Mutiny, and I can say from experience they were almost paranoid about making a clean version, to the point character portraits had censor marks in places.
And keep in mind they didn’t go after the people flooding their market with adult games outright. SamuraGame, that Chinese dev who commonly traps hentai doujjin devs into rotten deals that’s basically robbery and have posted games with S&M minigames that are VERY explict, even with censoring, don’t seem to have been affected.
It was all games with lesbian content. With a particular art style.
This is the single most vile thing I have EVER seen Valve do, and this move could potentially single the complete destruction of the English VN industry. If Valve decides to just arbitrarily go against their stated policy out of nowhere one day, and with lesbian focused games to boot (HuniePop being the famous outlier, though you can play it as a girl thus it fits in).
And before anyone brings up the sexual content implied card, the Witcher series is being sold on the store. Mass Effect is being sold on the store. Dragon Age: Origins is being sold on the store. Countless garbage smut games flooding the store made by cynical developers trying to get a quick buck, and often with stolen art, are still on the store.
I don’t plan on buying anymore games on Steam if they’re being sold elsewhere. I am fucking disgusted.