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(Update) Valve is suddenly targeting adult visual novels for removal from Steam

May 19, 2018 2 min read

[Update 05/19/18 9:55 pm: Huniepop's developer has recently posted a Tweet that they received word from Valve apologizing for the confusion and telling them to disregard previous e-mail about Huniepop's violations. The game is currently under re-review and Valve will follow up in short order. The good news doesn't end there as Lupiesoft and MangaGamer have also received similar e-mails with apologies from Valve.]

Over the last few days, developers and publishers of H-Games, eroge titles and more adult visual novels have been hit with takedown notices from Valve. From out of the blue, certain games are now in violation of Steam’s rules and guidelines for appropriate content on the platform. Valve is threatening to remove these games unless they are heavily censored, though that is baffling as most of the games are already censored. Crazier still, the publishers and developers in question have already worked with Valve to make sure their games don’t violate any of Steam’s content rules, so these issues should not even be happening.

While it could possibly be explained for titles that are relatively new and haven’t had a once over by Valve, the most famous title that is being targeted is Huniepop. For those unaware, Huniepop launched on Steam in January of 2015 and has been allowed on the platform unchallenged for over three years. Why Valve would suddenly want one of the most popular games on its service gone is puzzling, but Huniepop isn’t the only game in the crosshair. Kindred Spirits on the Roof, which is published by MangaGamer, is also under fire as is Mutiny!! by Lupiesoft.

Other games getting hit include multiple titles by Sekai Project (Re;Lord 1 and Tropical Liquor), Obscurasoft’s Coming Out on Top and Dharker Studio’s Battle Girls. The only common theme among these games is that they feature nudity, but that does little to shed light on the real reason behind this. As a matter of fact, Kindred Spiritsdoesn’t even classify as an H-Game. It mostly seems like a particular type of game is being singled out instead of ones with mainstream appeal.

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