Official Response and Apology to the Hatred Team for De-Greenlighting

Hatred has had a busy couple of days. It got put on Greenlight, kicked off Greenlight when Valve decided it wasn’t a game they were interested in featuring on their storefront, and then it reappeared yesterday evening on Greenlight again. So, what was that all about?  It’s hard to say, but Gabe Newell wrote an e-mail to Destructive Creations’ Jarosław Zieliński to apologize-

Hi, Jaroslaw.

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.

Valve is a big company with many moving parts, and Hatred is a game pushing many people’s buttons due to its subject matter. It’s easy to see why it would have been viewed as violating Steam’s content policies, and it’s also easy to see why, as distasteful as Hatred’s content is, it should be allowed a fair chance at Greenlight. This isn’t a simple problem but, as of last night, it’s not actually a problem at all any more. Gabe Newell decided Hatred was acceptable, apologized to Destructive Creations, and relisted the game on Greenlight. After all the articles and controversy it’s now at the number one spot, so it looks like Hatred’s future is as bright as the game itself is dark.