Steam has been banned a couple of games and developers from the platform and taking a closer look at what kind of games are being sold on the platform. This has forced some developers to find other platforms and the process has also angered a couple of players. All that is going to stop now as Valve has now announced that all games can be published on Steam as long as they are not considered illegal.
Valve does not want to be held accountable for the kinds of games that are being sold on Steam and it has stopped tried to police the games, or so it would seem. According to Valve’s Erik Johnson:
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. 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.
The wording used here is pretty important as it will be Valve that will decide what is considered illegal and trolling at the end of the day. This means that there is still restriction over which games can be published over the platform and which cannot. It is also interesting that no set criteria has been provided that reveals what Valve will consider illegal or trolling on Steam. This should be very interesting indeed.
At the end of the day, Valve gets a cut from the games that are sold on Steam and that means that if more games are being added and sold, Valve makes more money. The official statement makes it look like these actions are being taken in order to make it up to players but that does not seem to be the case from where I am sitting.
The harsh reality of this space, that lies at the root of our dilemma, is that there is absolutely no way we can navigate it without making some of our players really mad,
Let us know what you think about the matter and whether or not you agree with the direction that Valve is taking with Steam.