Rape and murder game pulled from Steam before release

'Rape Day' video game won't be available on Steam

"We respect developers' desire to express themselves, and the goal of Steam is to help developers find an audience, but this developer has chosen content matter and a way of representing it that makes it very hard for us to help them do that". "After significant fact-finding and discussion, we think "Rape Day" poses unknown costs and risks and therefore won't be on Steam", the company said in a statement.

Indie game developer Desk Plant initially said its game Rape Day is aimed at the "four per cent of the general population [who] are sociopaths" and would enjoy playing a "menacing serial killer rapist during a zombie apocalypse". Valve did not specifically say why the game is objectionable, which is important for future developers interested in sharing potentially controversial games.

According to the website, which is mostly just an FAQ about whether or not the game will get banned, Rape Day is apparently a "dark comedy" inspired by "horror and psychological thrillers", and porn.

One particular culprit seems to be publisher Play Way, which has repeatedly pushed Cooking Simulator to the top of the pile despite lacking a release date, pricing and, according to fans in recent Steam Community threads, communication.

"The content of this game is utterly perverted", she said in a statement.

In the past, Steam has been vocal about its desire to protect the free speech interests of the developers who release their games on the platform.

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This comes following Valve's decision to remove the game from the storefront after it was ruled unfit for the platform due to the fact that it possessed "unknown costs and risks".

"I'm a woman, I'm a gamer and I'm a Steam customer". During this time Steam users could see the game, along with updates from its creator.

Valve has no specific policy which disallows games that glorify or encourage players to commit acts of sexual violence, only barring "content that violates the laws of any jurisdiction in which it will be available" and "content that exploits children in any way". Sally Rugg, an executive director for Change.org in Australia threw her weight behind a petition which gained 3,000 signatures, while another petition had nearly 8,000 signatures.

While blocking the Steam release of "Rape Day" was a goal for the critics of the game, Steam's response does little to address the concerns raised by the situation.

Over the past week you may have heard about a game called "Rape Day" coming soon to Steam. The studio said that if Valve did prevent release of the game, it would seek out an alternate distribution platform.

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