In a newly released report, the Anti-Defamation League defamed Valve Corporation’s Steam as a platform full of violent “extremists” and pushed for gaming companies to sever ties because they’re not doing enough to censor their users and suppress free speech.
Steam is one of the few gaming companies which has historically mostly defended free speech and avoided heavy-handed censorship.
Steam, the largest and most important online store for PC gamers, offers white supremacists a new outlet for their hateful rhetoric and calls for violence. More on Steam's role as a host for this dangerous ideology in our latest report. https://www.adl.org/steamextremism
Steam, the largest and most important online store for PC gamers with over $4 Billion in revenue in 2017, has recently gained popularity among white supremacists for being a platform, like Gab and Telegram, where they can openly express their ideology and calls for violence.
The difference between Steam and social media platforms like Telegram or Gab is that while the latter do not share a formal business relationship with the wider social media industry, Steam has direct and lucrative relationships with most major game companies, including 2K, Electronic Arts, Xbox Game Studios, Ubisoft and others. Many of these game companies have made public statements about and dedicated significant resources towards keeping their products safe from the kinds of hateful ideologies espoused by extremists — while continuing to work with Steam.
Note: the ADL clearly feels Steam is going to defend their users’ speech and so they’re threatening to damage their business relationships to try and force them to submit.
The ADL similarly threatened the entire country of Iceland after they moved to institute a ban on male child genital mutilation by suggesting they would use their close media relationships to smear their island nation as being “associated with Nazism” to damage their tourism industry.
They’re clearly following the exact same playbook now with Steam.