A few Days ago Developer Eeks! Games latest adult themed game House Party was removed from steam after valve received numerous complaint against the game.
While steam forums and Eek! official forums saw a number of posts which were asking why was it removed from steam. many speculated that it was removed because of the nudity and violence in it which later turned out to be true.
A developer from Eek! Games finally responded to the situation. below is only a part of the statement but you can read the full post at the Official Website.
House Party was temporarily removed as a result of a number of complaints that were sent to Steam about the game. The game has been a target for a certain group of people since the day it launched, and said people were posting very aggressive, distasteful and hateful comments directed toward the game and its community of players. I suspect the complaints about the game that Steam received were originating from the same groups. Steam agreed to let the game back on the site after some modifications (which we are working on now). They have generously offered me the opportunity to modify the game for re-admission to their service.
Further, into his statement, he says that though the censorship issue was wrong and unfair. but steam has been very cooperating and has been assisting them with the problems. steam also said to them that once all the required modification or in this case, censorship has been applied to all the offensive scene and if it meets the steam rules it would once again be reinstated to Steam.
As directed by Steam, Eek! Games made the necessary adjustment in the game and fortunately, it was accepted and is currently available on steam for all gamers. a full statement about the re-release of the game can be found here.
Many people are people are criticizing Valve for their unfair decision towards the game. but people should know that just like many developers even Valve is being pressured by some communities to censor offensive content from games and those communities have a sizeable influence. and I am pretty sure even valve would not want to portray itself as a platform which promotes negativity.
But it’s not like Valve always agrees to everyone who finds problems with a game a good example would be the 2014 incident in which a game named Hatred was removed from steam because according to offended people it contained mindless violence. but the decision received massive backlash from the community. Then Gabe Newell himself intervened and emailed to the developer of the game stating that the decision was wrong.
Gabe Newell’s email to Hatred’s Dev Jaroslaw
Yesterday I heard that we were taking Hatred down from Greenlight. Since I wasn’t up to speed, I asked around internally to find out why we had done that. It turns out that it wasn’t a good decision, and we’ll be putting Hatred back up. My apologies to you and your team. Steam is about creating tools for content creators and customers.
Good luck with your game.
Anyway, it’s good that House Party is back on steam. but if you still want to play the uncensored version the patch is available on the main website. just purchase and download the main game and apply the patch.