Published: Thu, May 31, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Russian-Made "Active Shooter" Game Gets Canceled


Again, this video game which was set to launch on June 6 will no longer be released on Steam but it's still possible it could be released somewhere else.

"Active Shooter", the video game that would have allowed players to take part in a simulated school massacre, will not be released to the public after massive outcry over the product. Active Shooter would reportedly allow players to choose whether they wanted to play as a SWAT team member responding to a shooting at a school, or as the shooter themselves.

"Video game designers should think of the influence they hold".

In addition, both the game developer (Revived Games) and publisher (ACID) have been banned by Valve Corporation from using Steam.

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson similarly tweeted his displeasure for the game. Bill Nelson, weighed in on the issue as well, calling the game "inexcusable". "Any company that develops a game like this in wake of such a horrific tragedy should be ashamed of itself". However, in an interview with PC Mag, Berdyev claimed his involvement merely amounted to allowing Active Shooter's actual creator to use his USA bank accounts for Steam payments. "You can actually gun down not just the police officers, you can actually gun down civilians, you can gun down people, people in the school, like women and children".

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Revived Games said in a Steam post that the "Active Shooter" game doesn't promote violence, though, nor does it condone mass shootings, according to The New York Times. "How can anyone sleep at night knowing that they are profiting from turning deadly school shootings into entertainment?"

Valve did not create the game, but "Active Shooter" - developed by Revived Games and published by Acid - was scheduled to be distributed soon on Steam, a digital gaming storefront operated by Valve.

"The 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".

"His subsequent return under new business names was a fact that came to light as we investigated the controversy around his upcoming title", Valve's statement added. "We can't expect those people to be the only ones who stand up against things like this".

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