- Jan 31, 2005
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https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-44393415The Steam video game store has changed its content policy to "allow everything", unless it is illegal or "straight up trolling".
The shift comes after controversy surrounding games which many people considered were offensive.
A school shooting simulation game was removed from the store last month.
But now games publisher Valve, which owns Steam, said it was not up to the company to decide what should or should not be on sale.
The new policy paves the way for pornographic games to be made available on the platform, including in virtual reality. It would make the Steam store the first major VR platform to offer adult content.
The Steam store is fully-supported by HTC's Vive headset, and also works with Facebook's Oculus Rift - though in the latter case the user must proactively choose to accept content from "unknown sources".
HTC told the BBC it was not able to comment on the changes. "We are evaluating them like the rest of the market," a spokesperson said in an email.
Oculus said its policy on pornography, which is not permitted on its own VR store, was unchanged.
"We won't distribute pornographic material through the Oculus Store," a spokesman told the BBC.
"As is the case with many devices, people can access content for Rift through sources outside of our store, in which case that content may not follow our guidelines."
"In a statement about Steam's new terms, Valve said: "Taking this approach allows us to focus less on trying to police what should be on Steam, and more on building those tools to give people control over what kinds of content they see.""