Valve Has Decided, Rape Day Will Not Be Released on Steam

March 7, 2019
Valve Has Decided, Rape Day Will Not Be Released on Steam

After a lot of discussion, Valve has gotten to the conclusion that Rape Day poses unknown costs and risks and as such it will not be hosted on Steam.

A few days ago we talked about Rape Day and the dust it kicked up. We waited for the final ruling and it’s not good for this controversial game. Valve concluded that the risk is too big and there might be unknown consequences, as such the game will not be available on Steam.

Here is the full statement:

“Over the past week you may have heard about a game called 'Rape Day' coming soon to Steam. Today we've decided not to distribute this game on Steam. Given our previous communication around Who Gets To Be On The Steam Store?, we think this decision warrants further explanation.

Much of our policy around what we distribute is, and must be, reactionary—we simply have to wait and see what comes to us via Steam Direct. We then have to make a judgement call about any risk it puts to Valve, our developer partners, or our customers. After significant fact-finding and discussion, we think 'Rape Day' poses unknown costs and risks and therefore won't be on Steam.

We respect developers’ desire to express themselves, and the purpose 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 difficult for us to help them do that.”

This might have been a no-brainer for many, but there are people arguing against this decision. They are asking why is this game worse than a game like Postal 2 where you kill and mutilate people for no apparent reason.

Whatever your opinion might be, the decision is final and Rape Day will not be available in the Steam Store.