A videogame where players could play the role of a school shooter is drawn to fierce criticism from families of victims and survivors of mass shootings.
Active Shooter to debut on June 6 The public outcry and an online petition forced video game developer Valve Corp. to remove the game from its Steam online store, Deadline reports. Active Shooter allowed players to move through a school as a SWAT officer or gunman, simulating the killing of police and civilians with an assault rifle.
Valve Corp. has also removed the publisher of the game, ACID, developer, Revived Games, said the company in a statement on the deadline. The statement states that the publisher, who has returned to the platform under a new name, is "a troll with a history of customer abuse, the publication of copyrighted material, and the manipulation of user reviews."
"We will not do business with people who behave in such a way to our customers or Valve," it said in the statement.
The decision followed outrage on social media, including family members of the victims of Marjory Stoneman's Douglas High School, who was shot dead in Parkland, Florida, in February
"It's disgusting that Valve Corp. is trying to get away from it benefit from the glorification of tragedies that affect our schools across the country, "said Ryan Petty, the father of a 1
"I've seen and heard a lot of terrible things in the past few months since my daughter became a school shooter and is now dead in real life, this game is perhaps one of the worst," wrote Fred Guttenberg, his 14-year-old daughter, Jaime was also killed in Parkland shooting.
An online petition against the Change.org-initiated game collected more than 168,000 signatures.