Morality in Media Group Calls Out Steam For Sexual Exploitation Through Games

Morality in Media Group Calls Out Steam For Sexual Exploitation Through Games

Tuesday, 13 February 2018
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Steam, Valve’s online video game community and store, is listed as one of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s “Dirty Dozen” porn facilitators for its sale of what the group, formerly known as Morality in the Media, describes as  “pornographic and sexually exploitive videogames”

In a letter to Valve founder Gabe Newell, the group is asking the company to remove the games House Party and Porno Studio Tycoon from Steam because it believes they “promote the dangerous misconception that sexually exploiting others is harmless and fun.” It’s also asking Steam to create an 18-plus category and enforce a more robust policy against selling games that “normalize or glamorize sexual exploitation in the future.”

Glixel reached out to Valve for comment and will update this story when they respond.

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation was founded in 1962 by an interfaith group of clergy as Morality in the Media in reaction to an incident in which grade school children were found with hardcore pornography. In 2015, the group renamed itself the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. It runs a number of campaigns including the “Be Aware: Porn Harms” campaign, “White Ribbon Against Pornography” week and the annual Dirty Dozen list. The group has received federal funding in the past through Department of Justice grants. The group has a general negative stance against all pornography, linking it to things such as relationship damage, criminal behavior and violence against women.

The group says the “Dirty Dozen”, which started in 2013, is meant to “shame the mainstream players in America that perpetuate sexual exploitation.”

This year’s list includes Amazon,, Comcast. Ebsco, HBO, iBooks, “the poster boys of #metoo”, Roku, Snapchat, Twitter, Youtube and Steam. The group has landing pages for each of the dirty dozen which includes details about the reason it is included, a copy of the letter sent, stories on the topic and easy to grab “social media graphics,” such as the one below, which can be used to spread the word.


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