×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Valve Starts Moderating Steam Posts, Discussions Soon

Valve is going to start moderating reported discussion posts in all Steam game hubs starting Tuesday, Sept. 25, it announced in community post on Wednesday.

Once the changes take effect, reported discussion threads and posts will go into a queue so Valve’s moderation team can review them. Anything that violates Steam’s community guidelines will be removed.

“Don’t worry: We won’t be actively perusing your community discussions or posting in threads — you have your own voice and your own style of communication with players about your game,” Valve said. “We’ll only be communicating with players if it’s necessary when issuing a warning or ban for reported content.”

Valve said it was hesitant to moderate game discussions in the past because it didn’t want to step on the toes of developers. But, many developers say they actually prefer Valve taking a more active role in discussion boards. Anyone who wants to retain complete control over the content in their hub can opt out of the service, however, by visiting the Steamworks settings for their game.

Valve was in the news recently for its laissez faire attitude toward what games it allows on the Steam storefront. The company said it will no longer police games on the platform, allowing everything that isn’t “illegal or straight up trolling.” That decision came shortly after it faced backlash for trying to crack down on sexual content in some titles and shortly after it pulled controversial “school shooting simulation” game “Active Shooter” from the store. It also recently added filters for sexual content to the Steam store and approved its first completely uncensored game.

More Gaming

  • Devil May CryThe Game Awards, Show,

    Voice Actors and Game Devs: The Game Awards Red Carpet (Watch)

    The Game Awards took over online streaming earlier this month in a three-hour celebration of video games — and advertising, game preview spectacular — that was watched by more than 26 million people. But before that streamfest, there was the red carpet. While most Hollywood red carpets are packed with cinema celebrities, the Game Awards [...]

  • Losing Steam: A By-the-Numbers Look at

    Losing Steam: A By-the-Numbers Look at Epic Game Store

    There is a certain kind of complacency that sets in when you’ve been the king for as long as Valve has. Sure, GOG offers DRM-free games and itch.io allows developers to set their own revenue-sharing models. Neither of them, or any of the smaller players in the market, seem to have made a dent in [...]

  • Former 'Assassin's Creed' Creative Director on

    Former 'Assassin's Creed' Creative Director on Lure of Open World Games (Watch)

    Patrice Desilets was at the Game Awards earlier this month to show off the first gameplay for his new studio’s new game “Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey.” Variety caught up with him to briefly discuss the upcoming game and the exploding growth of the open world game. Desilets has an interesting history with open world games. After [...]

  • 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate' Fastest Selling

    'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate' Fastest Selling Nintendo Switch Game

    Nintendo sold more than three million copies of its popular brawler “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” in the United States in its first 11 days available, the company announced Tuesday. The company also noted that the Nintendo Switch has become the fastest-selling video game system of this hardware generation, accounting for the first 21 months of sales [...]

  • Voice of 'Assassin's Creed's' Leonidas on

    Voice of 'Assassin's Creed's' Leonidas on Acting Out Everything Twice (Watch)

    “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey” allows players to choose, when the game starts, if they want to play the lead as a woman or a man. While that choice didn’t require a game-killing amount of extra animation, it did lead to a doubling of the voice acting. Actor Elias Toufexis (“Star Trek: Discovery,” “Stargate: Atlantis”) spoke with Variety [...]

  • Fortnite: Battle Royale

    'Fresh Prince' Actor Sues Epic Games Over Carlton Dance in Fortnite

    Brooklyn rapper 2 Milly, actor Alfonso Ribeiro, and Instagram star Backpack Kid are all filing complaints against Epic Games and Take-Two Interactive over dance emotes in “Fortnite” and “NBA 2K,” the law firm representing them told Variety on Monday. 2 Milly filed his suit against Epic Games earlier this month. It claims the game developer [...]

  • 'God of War' Director Ranks the

    'God of War' Director Ranks the 'God of War' Games (Watch)

    “God War” director Corey Barlog stopped by during the Game Awards red carpet earlier this month to discuss working with the cast over three years, the emotionality of the PlayStation 4 game. More importantly, though, Variety got Barlog to rank all of the God of War games in order. Despite going on to win the year’s [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content