Steam is threatening to remove several visual novels (and others) containing sexual themes, and an anti-pornographic organization with religious roots is taking credit for this policy change.

Thursday evening, the study of visual novels Lupiesoft he said his visual novel about pirates entitled Mutiny !! has been reported for "pornographic content" and threatened with removal "within two weeks". The game features yuri erotic content but Lupiesoft states that "absolutely nothing in Mutiny !! violates the [Steam] guidelines "and states that the Steam publication of the game has been" fully accepted by the company "before being launched on the platform. Here's what Lupiesoft wrote on his official Twitter account:

In fact Lupiesoft was one of the most severe developers with regards to following the Steam guidelines, and absolutely nothing in Mutiny !! the violets. After our Steam editor MangaGamer met up with Valve himself, he was told that the ecchi content was fine for Steam. It seems that this new change violates what Valve has accepted before, and the wholeness of the Visual Novel genre on Steam is being affected by the effects of this nuclear option. Every big and small developer, regardless of how much he followed the Steam guidelines to the letter, is having the games rolled [away from the platform].

Along with Lupiesoft, many other game developers and publishers have claimed that their games have been threatened with removal from Steam. MangaGamer, editor of Mutiny too !!, he revealed in a blog post that his novel Yuri Kindred Spirits on the Roof was "targeted by the sudden and abrupt change in Steam's content policy," despite following "every questionable graphic element" along with Steam during development. Valve will leave the game on the service only if its contents will be changed.

The developer of HuniePop, HunieDev, wrote on Twitter last night that Valve will eliminate HuniePop from Steam because it "violates the rules and guidelines for pornographic content" on the platform. Neko Works, developer of Nekopara, announced that Tropical cerebrospinal fluid, game published by Sekai Project and developed by Tentacle Games, "Must be censored by the end of this month or will be removed from Steam".

Dharker Studio he also tweeted that his erotic visual novels Battlegirls e Galaxy Girls have been reported, and WinterWolves Games he tweeted that his title Roommates has been threatened with removal. Also Sekai Project he tweeted that his title King; Lord 1 it has been reported and threatened.

It is not clear which games will be targeted for removal from Steam and which are not. Christine Love, the developer of the erotic visual novel BDSM Ladykiller in a Bind, wrote on Twitter that none of his games were affected by these changes. Interestingly, that game arrived on Steam without being censored, despite BDSM sex scenes and explicit nudity.

Meanwhile, developers affected by the sudden change in Steam policy are seeking solutions. In an interview with The OP, the writer of Lupiesoft, Colleen Potvin, said she was immediately panicked and frustrated by Valve's move, since Mutiny's Steam version !! he had "no sex, very limited nudity and no patches that added explicit parts" as well as no links to stores where the explicit version of the full game was available.

The game in question, Mutiny !!, is our most recent game and our current primary source of revenue. Losing the ability to sell it on a platform like Steam means that our financial security is at stake.

Meanwhile, visual novels seem to be unjustly targeted, as the AAA games and Western ones with explicit sexual images, such as The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Grand Theft Auto V, are not targeted by Valve for removal.

Many games with much more explicit content have not received takedown. Was our game worse than a prostitute from Grand Theft Auto?

Valve did not respond to a request for comment at the time of publication.

While visual novels developers remain in the dark and with very little transparency from Valve, an organization has come forward to take responsibility for game reports, thanking Valve for "removing sexually explicit content" from her store.

Il National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) today reported the removal reports of Steam in a press release, saying it is engaged in "An aggressive campaign for two years" on "Sexual content" of games on Steam. The center claims that "lot of" games on the Valve platform "Promote themes of sexual violence, exhibitionism and rape" in addition to portraying "nudity and graphic sexual acts", concluding that the people who play with sexual themes are "Not just a voyeur but active participants in staging the scene."

The organization also claimed that "normalizing sexual use (and often abusing others)" in games is "irresponsible" in a world that suffers from "sexual abuse on campus and increasing sexual abuse among children".

"We thank Steam for their leadership in working to change our #MeToo culture where sexual violence [is] rampant and normalized," the center wrote. "Your corporate leadership is an important step in creating a world free from sexual exploitation."

While NCOSE apparently appears to be a feminist organization, the group was originally created in the 1962 by members of the Christian and Jewish clergy who feared that children could access adult material too easily. The organization was praised by the evangelical Republican Rick Santorum and his former president Roberts Peters he once accused gay marriages and mass shootings in America as the cause of a "post-Christian society" that moves away from "faith and Judaeo-Christian values".

More recently, the organization worked to remove Cosmopolitan from Walmart's shelves, claiming that the publication reinforces the idea that women and girls are "sexual objects". It is not clear if NCOSE will turn its attention to other game dealers in addition to Steam. Of course, however, developers like Potvin have reason to fear.

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