Valve Adds 'Adult Only' Game Filter to Steam

Want to avoid adult or otherwise mature content on Steam? Now you can. Steam developer Valve today outlined two new filter modes for the platform: an Adult Only filter for games with “explicit or graphic” sexual content; and a “Mature Content” filter for games with adult themes that don’t necessarily include sex or violence.

Select either one, and games with those filters will not show up when you search for new titles. Previously, searches could only be filtered for Frequent Violence/Gore or Nudity/Sexual Content. But “We often see developers who tell us their game contains mature content, but not sex or violence, and you can now filter those games out if you wish,” Tom Bui, a Valve programmer, wrote in a blog post.

Valve will also now require developers of games with violent or sexual content “to describe the content of their game, and we’re using that information to help you decide whether a game is something you’re comfortable with,” Bui said. “When you’re looking at the store page of a game with mature content, we’ll display that developer-written description to you. We’re also displaying it on the interstitial page we show you if you ever follow a direct link from outside Steam to a game that should be filtered for you.”

This decision comes after Valve in June said it was wrestling with what to do about games that contain sex and violence, as well as deal with contentious topics involving politics, racism, and gender–content that can outrage some consumers, but find an audience with others. Ultimately, Steam said it would “allow everything onto the Steam Store, except for things that we decide are illegal, or straight up trolling.” One game Valve deemed to be trolling was a “Suicide Simulator” game pulled in June.

This week, Bui said Valve has banned several developers, but that the number of “bad actors” is surprisingly small and the decision to ban them has been “straightforward.”

With 180 new games launched through Steam Direct every week, (more than double the number released through the now-defunct Greenlight), forward-thinking filters could help make Steam a stronger platform for everyone, regardless of their taste in video games.

The changes are live on Steam now.

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