After the slew of titles that appeared on Steam in the wake of the old Greenlight system and the huge amount of offensive games still available on the platform, it’s always surprising to see a game banned or removed from the Steam store, unless it breaks one of Valve’s two core principles.
However, it looks like the publisher is also eager to make a stand when it comes to titles that could affect the reach of the platform, having recently banned a title known as Liberate Hong Kong.
Reported on here by Jennings Brown in a great article for Gizmodo, it looks like the title created by a team of Hong Kong developers has been straight-up ignored by Steam, alongside several other titles that comment on the situation in Hong Kong.
It’s understandable that the publisher may hesitate before adding a title that could cost sales in China, however, it’s a shame to see American and European companies setting aside the moral implications of supporting free speech and democracy.
What do you think about the situation?