A mainstream online videogame store, with approximately 35 million minor users, is facilitating gamified sexual coercion and animated pornography featuring genitalia, ejaculation to users of all ages. This is occurring through the Steam® video game distribution platform, which was developed by the Valve Corporation. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation is calling on the videogame distributor to remove these games and publicly commit to a more robust policy against sexually explicit and exploitive games.
Steam, a popular videogame distribution platform that could be likened to the ‘Walmart of online videogame distribution,’ is selling games that normalize and promote sexual coercion and exploitation. These games, House Party and Porno Studio Tycoon, are easily available to an estimated 35 million children who buy videogames off of Steam.
The House Party ‘hook up’ game is literally training its users in predatory tactics for sexual assault, and even sex trafficking, which plague real, living people offline in high schools, universities, military bases, and more. The game includes disturbing features that allow users to increase their odds of ‘having sex’ with a woman in the game if they manipulate and coerce women into sex through blackmail using nude pictures, increasing women’s alcohol consumption, impersonating their friends through text, and jamming cellphone reception to isolate a woman in a room away from other party goers. Users ‘win’ the game by having sex with every woman at the party. The sexual encounters are blatant animated pornography, featuring genitalia, ejaculation, and more.
The game Porno Studio Tycoon centers around sexual themes where the user acts as the pornographer. It includes sexual sounds, hypersexualized characters, and generic depictions of sex acts, although there is not full nudity. This game promotes and glamorizes the exploitive industry of pornography, where performers frequently experience physical and emotional trauma, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Steam openly sells and promotes these games to users of all ages and require only a simple click of a button to pass through a tepid warning that the material may not be suitable for all ages.
These games are in direct violation of Steam’s own policies against pornographic or patently offensive content.
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation is calling on Steam and its parent company Valve to remove these games from their store and to install and enforce a more robust policy against selling games that normalize or glamorize sexual exploitation.
Warning: NCOSE added censor bars to block out explicit genitalia and breasts, but this proof still contains highly sexual imagery.
Tweet at the Videogame Distributor
Tweet @steam_games to ask them to remove pornography and sexually exploitive videogames. Companies like this regularly monitor their Twitter accounts so this is a great way to reach out to them.
- Every parent needs to know that @steam_games is not a safe videogame store for their children.
- Hey @steam_games, follow your own policies and stop selling pornographic House Party & Porno Studio Tycoon games!
- @steam_games is marketing pornographic/sexually coercive games (House Party & Porno Studio Tycoon) to millions of children.
Consider tagging @ncose in your tweet as well, so we can retweet you!
Email Videogame Executives
Steam’s parent company (Valve Corporation) has already received thousands of emails complaining about the harms of their sexually graphic video games.
But so far, instead of fixing the problem, they are just blocking our email system – essentially plugging their ears!
But we have a solution.
You can email Valve executives directly at these email addresses:
- Eric Kirchmer, Operations Executive – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Chris Grinstead, IT Manager – email@example.com
- DJ Powers, Marketing Business Development – firstname.lastname@example.org
We think they are blocking our system’s emails based on the subject lines or the text within the emails, so if you write your email in your own words that’s most likely to make it through their filters.
Our fundamental request is that Steam publicly commits to remove these sexually graphic, exploitive games and that it increases protections to make sure these kinds of games are not sold on its platform ever again.
If these emails don’t work for any reason, let us know by emailing email@example.com, and we can get more email addresses!
Thank you for taking these actions – this company can’t tune us out!
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