Valve announced their plan to officially start moderating comments on individual game discussions on their popular gaming platform, Steam. Before today’s development, Valve was only moderating Steam’s screenshots, artwork, guides, user profiles, community groups, and user reviews.
Valve Sick of Toxic Comments
The company made the statement via a Steam blog post which read: “In the past, we’ve been hesitant to get involved in the moderation of individual game discussions, as we didn’t want to step on the toes of game developers that want to have their own style of communication with players and their own set of guidelines for behavior. But over time, we’ve been hearing from more and more game developers that would actually prefer for us to take a more active role in discussion boards, at least to the extent of handling posts that are reported by other players.”
This does not mean Valve will be actively scanning forums and various comment threads for comments that break their terms of service and community guidelines. The company will rely on reports from users on the platform in order to ensure all of their rules are being followed. This is to make sure developers that joke around with their community and are rude on purpose don’t get taken down by an automated system. Valve will only target comments that have been reported.
All of this news follows a year of numerous changes to Steam’s policies on censorship, which have been met with backlash by users. Earlier in the year, Valve announced that everything and anything could go up on Steam as long as it wasn’t illegal or a blatant attempt to troll potential buyers. It will be interesting to see how long this new system performs considering the company’s nature of going back and forth on decisions, but Gigamax Games will be sure to keep every gamer updated on the latest changes and Steam updates!