The developers of an erotic game that was removed from Greenlight believe that the incident highlights a double-standard within gaming.
The light RPG title Seduce Me was submitted to the service last Friday but removed almost immediately by Valve who said it violated Greenlight’s terms of service.
In the game, the player takes the role of a celebrity trying to become involved with one of the women at a socialite’s house.
To win, attraction and intimacy points must be maximised, said Miriam Bellard of developer No Reply Games.
“I don’t think that the game objectifies women,” she said.
“I have made an effort to give the women both a personality and a voice. In the game itself the women are more than just their bodies.”
"Many people still view games as 'for children' in spite of the fact that the average gamer is 30 years old," said No Reply Games’ co-founder Andrejs Skuja.
"The gaming establishment is fine with violence and gore but is uncomfortable with sexual themes."
Greenlight’s terms and conditions state that a game “must not contain offensive material or violate copyright or intellectual property rights".
“Steam has never been a leading destination for erotic material,” said Valve’s director of marketing Doug Lombardi.
“Greenlight doesn’t aim to change that.”