The video game, produced by Bellevue company Valve, is a first-person shooter game in which the player is walking through a school while shooting civilians.
The cancellation came after parents and lawmakers nationwide expressed anger over the game, called "Active Shooter", which would have allowed players to participate as either a member of a SWAT team tasked with disarming a school shooter or in the role as the active shooter themselves, according to USA Today. "Ata is a troll, with a history of customer abuse, publishing copyrighted material and user review manipulation", Lombardi said.
"This developer and publisher is, in fact, a person calling himself Ata Berdiyev, who had been previously been removed last fall when he was operating as '[bc] Interactive" and "Elusive Team, '" the statement to Variety read.
Ryan Petty, who lost his 14-year-old daughter Alaina Petty in the Parkland shooting in February, dubbed the game "despicable".
Valve says on its website that it does not screen the third-party content on Steam, and does not assume responsibility for it.
Despite the comment from Valve, Robinett is happy the game isn't available for purchase now. Valve has since responded to the criticism that the title has drawn, removing it from the platform.
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In an email, Favreau told PolitiFact that a New York Times Magazine editor was one of the journalists who posted the photo. In late April, a federal agency reported being unable to locate about 1,500 children who came to the United States alone.
When there is a school shooting, the images spark so many emotions for people across the country, and now, a new video game is seemingly glorifying such a heinous act.
Valve, a privately held company, is known for keeping a low profile and rarely allows inside peeks into its studio, which has developed popular games such as "Dota 2" and "Half-Life".
Active Shooter arrived in the wake of Santa Fe High School shooting in Texas just one-week prior, causing mass outcry against the title.
Valve will be holding broader conversations soon about Steam's content policies, Lombardi said. That process takes between one to five days, Valve says, and makes sure the game is working and "not doing anything harmful".
"Active Shooter" quickly inspired a backlash from parents.
According to Buzzfeed, ACID is listed on Steam's site as a Russian-based gaming house. "Ninety-nine percent of the people who play this game are going to have no intention of saying, 'I want to go and shoot up a school.' (That's) 99.999 percent".