School shooting video game removed online after backlash

School shooting video game removed online after backlash

Active Shooter pulled from Steam after complaints from parents of victims in Parkland shooting

The game titled Active Shooter allows players to re-create school shootings by stalking school hallways and racking up kills. (Steam)

A Seattle-area company has removed a school shooting video game from its online platform following widespread backlash.

The Active Shooter video game was pulled days before it was to be released on the video-game marketplace Steam.

Steam’s parent company Valve Corp. said Tuesday that it was removing the computer video game because the developer was a “troll with a history of customer abuse.”

The game was developed by Revived Games, published by Acid and led by a person named Ata Berdiyev, who had previously been kicked off the platform under a different business name.

The game allows players to re-create school shootings by stalking school hallways and racking up kills.

It was condemned by the parents of students killed during a Florida school shooting in February.


  • Lieschen Mueller

To have these kinds of “games” even allowed online is totally and utterly vile, not to mention potentially dangerous.

  • Duane Suzuki

These active shooter games would be a lot more real if they had crisis actors covered in ketchup screaming and hugging each other for corporate media photographers.

  • Jerry Agar

Hold brediyev on stand by and deploy him as the first, first responder in the next school shooting.. doesn’t matter what city as they happen too frequent.

  • Chris Rhynold

Does not matter if games are linked to violence. There is a such thing as little e class and sleazy and a school shooting game is both.

  • Susan Smith

“There is not just one cause” @Lily O’Loughlin

I completely agree. When violence is portrayed over and over and over, the result is that people – especially impressionable children – become inured to the horror of the reality. To create a “game” of this is unconscionable.

  • Mike Mayers

there’s an science article on this site which disputes the assumption that video games lead to massacres.

  • Chris Bacon

While I am not one to blame video games or movies for people making a CHOICE to commit such attrocities….how could the developers seriously think this was a good idea?

  • Gordon Bombay

Blaming video games for your kid acting out is a cheap cop out on your part.
I have played video games since I was 6.
I have never had a single thought about creating violence and I am a functioning member of society.


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