This is an open letter to Valve regarding their misguided policies. If you value gaming as an artform, please join me in expressing your dissatisfaction to email@example.com.
I have spent thousands of dollars on Steam games, I own an HTC Vive, and for years I have supported your company because it was a bastion of free speech. While stores like Target were pulling games like GTA off of shelves due to unfounded moral panic, Steam was there for us.
You have made millions of dollars selling quality games with sexual content. The Witcher, Mass Effect, Rust, and Kingdom Come: Deliverance are just a few that come to mind. I am an adult, and I willingly and happily purchased these games. Who are you to profit from me and then tell me that I am wrong?
Games are art. They are just as valid a form of expression as books, television, or movies. The fact that you would urge creators to destroy their art to conform to your misconceptions of what the public wants are unacceptable. I am part of the public, I don't even play porn games, and I am outraged that you would stomp on our decades long relationship to sate a small group of busybodies who don't even love or support gaming the same way that we do.
It will not happen overnight, but if you continue to pursue these idiotic and misguided policies, you will lose us. You have already lost my good faith. You may be the largest distributor of PC games, but you are not the only ones.
If you think you can shit all over the developers and customers who made you a success and continue to thrive, you are mistaken. If you think I'm going to shell out for a VIVE Pro and keep supporting you when you very clearly have no respect for me or the Steam community or even gaming as an artform, you are dead wrong.
The solution is clear: add parental locks to Steam and make adult games an opt-in option in user preferences. This way you can keep adult content away from those who don't wish to view it while still supporting gamers, developers, and free speech.
As members of a capitalist society, we vote with our wallets. If you continue to censor, to pursue these misguided policies when a much more reasonable alternative is starting you in the face, it will be your company's deathknell.