Mass-murder simulator fans rejoice! Hatred is back on Steam, and Gabe Newell is the reason why.
Hatred just went live on Steam Greenlight December 15th, garnering lots of press attention as it’s so easy to do with such a controversial game. It only lasted half a day before Steam removed the product from their catalog with a very blunt and vague statement, an action which set off a firestorm of controversy. Valve rarely intervenes in the products they sell, almost never curating their store, so the movement to play moral arbiter and remove Hatred came as a shock to many.
Well, surprise, surprise, because Gabe Newell is not pleased. The CEO of Valve swept in directly to the situation, admitting he didn’t know of the events transpiring with Hatred, and after some discussion, reverted the decision. He even sent Destructive Creations Team a personal message to smooth things over.
Yesterday I heard that we were taking Hatred down from Greenlight. Since I wasn’t up to speed, I asked around internally to find out why we had done that. It turns out that it wasn’t a good decision, and we’ll be putting Hatred back up. My apologies to you and your team. Steam is about creating tools for content creators and customers.
Good luck with your game.
The voice from on high has spoken! Of course, The Gabe works in mysterious ways, and the reasons for the inner-workings of any action by Steam are as mysterious as the dates of the rumored Winter Sale, which could be beginning any time before Christmas. In any event, people who were interested in the appallingly violent Hatred will certainly be pleased. One can only imagine that more controversy will build now that the game has bounced back and forth so much between published and unpublished.