Ayura Crisis!, an action game by Above a Damage Tile, was refused to be published on Steam by the platform’s reviewers.
Ayura Crisis! received its English release on DLsite in December of last year. The game is a side-scrolling brawler featuring nudity, the portrayal of rape and game over sex scenes in pixel art.
DLsite attempted to publish the game on Steam to reach a wider market, but their submission has been denied with a seemingly permanent ban under the accusation of child exploitation. Valve’s opinion on the game was presented in an email response they sent, which goes as follows:
“After review, we will not be able to ship your game * on Steam. While we strive to ship most titles submitted to us, we found that this title features themes, imagery or descriptions that we won’t distribute.
“Regardless of a developer’s intentions with their product, we will not distribute content that appears, in our judgment, to trade in the prurient representation or exploitation of minors.
“While every product submitted is unique, if your product features this representation — even in a subtle way that could be defined as a “grey area” — it will be rejected by Steam.
“We are not interested in working with partners that dance around the edges of what’s legal. For instance, setting your game in a high-school but declaring your characters are of legal age would fall into that category and be banned.
“This app has been banned and cannot be reused.”
All sex scenes in Ayura Crisis! feature the protagonist being overwhelmed by lust and giving herself to whoever was nearby. The girl has a wide rear and a small breast size, standing as tall as the humans and orcs she faces.
The game’s developer has expressed their disappointment on Twitter that Valve has provided them with no specific information on what part of the game they found problematic, making it impossible to patch the game appropriately with Steam’s policy. One Angry Gamer has translated the tweet as follows:
Regarding [the game containing] child exploitation/sexual expression, there was nothing specifically referencing which part [of the game] contained the child exploitation. Inquiring for an acceptable answer was not possible, and it was determined that the game could not be sold. From here on, even if I try to reapply [for the game’s acceptance on Steam] it was clearly communicated that it would not be allowed.
If you want to judge Ayura Crisis! for yourself, the game is available on DLsite for about $11.83, estimated from 1,296 JPY.
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