‘Active Shooter’ computer game is pulled from Steam gaming platform after backlash from shooting survivors: The “Active Shooter” video game which lets players’ assume the role of a school shooter is being pulled following harsh criticism from families of victims and survivors of mass shootings.
‘Active Shooter’ computer game is pulled from Steam gaming platform after backlash from shooting survivors
“Active Shooter” was set to be released on June 6 was being plugged as a police-response simulator, allowing players to move through a school as either a SWAT officer or a gunman terrorizing civilians and police.
News of the game’s release had sparked widespread outrage, including among students and parents at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people died in a shooting in February.
That all changed after the gamed sparked backlash on social media and an online petition against the game initiated on Change.org which has so far collected more than 228,736 signatures.
THIS IS DISGUSTING. Valve Corporation of Bellevue is launching a video game on June 6th that’s a school shooting simulator. Everyone that cares about school & public safety should be OUTRAGED. Sign this petition to DEMAND the game isn’t launched: https://t.co/oQibZgGWWq
— Jaclyn Corin (@JaclynCorin) May 29, 2018
In a statement released by game’s parent company Valve, the company said the decision had less to do with the game’s offensive premise but more with the history of the person who made the game.
“This developer and publisher is, in fact, a person calling himself Ata Berdiyev, who had previously been removed last fall when he was operating as ‘(bc) Interactive’ and ‘Elusive Team,’” the company said in a statement. “Ata is a troll, with a history of customer abuse, publishing copyrighted material, and user review manipulation. His subsequent return under new business names was a fact that came to light as we investigated the controversy around his upcoming title.