Valve now allows games with «adult-only sexual content» in the Steam store. Steam hides these games by default and they won’t show up in searches. But you can enable these «adults only» games in your Steam account settings if you wish.

Yes, Steam now allows adult-only sexual content

Steam has always allowed certain types of sexual content. Popular games like The Witcher 3, include nudity and casual sex scenes, just like the R-rated film.

Valve has traditionally not allowed «pornographic» games. Valve has recently been threatening to remove games that it considers pornographic. After some discussion, Valve decided they didn’t want to be the judge, that it wasn’t pornography, or that the steam store should and shouldn’t sell.

Eric Johnson of Valve outlined the new policy on his blog on June 6, 2018:

Valve shouldn’t decide this. If you are a player, we do not have to choose for you what content you may or may not purchase. If you are a developer, we do not have to choose what content you are allowed to create. These choices must be yours to make…

With this principle in mind, we decided that the right approach is to allow everything in the Steam Store, except for things that we consider illegal or just trolling. Taking this approach allows us to focus less on trying to control what should be on Steam and more on building these tools to give people control over what kind of content they see.

In other words, the couple now allows games with adult-only sexual content that was previously considered pornography. Only games that are illegal or «trolling» are banned.

However, Steam hides these game types by default and they won’t show up in the Steam store even if you search for their exact name. Instead, you’ll see a message that some titles have «been excluded based on your preferences.»

You will still see these games if you link directly to their product pages from another website, regardless of your Steam preferences. You will need to review the content warning first.

How to show (or hide) adult-only games

To find this option, click on your name in the top right corner of the Steam client and select Save Settings.

You can also go directly to the Steam Account Settings page in your web browser.

In the Mature Content section, check the «Adults Only» box to view these types of games. Your change takes effect immediately. Come back here and uncheck the box if you don’t want to see these types of games anymore.

You can click «View product examples» to see examples of games with adult-only sexual content in the Steam store. These games will now appear in your searches and recommendations.

The Store Settings page also allows you to configure other Steam Store settings. For example, you can hide games with nudity, gore, or other mature content. You can also hide various types of content that you don’t want to see, including software, movies, VR games, and Early Access products.

Steam also allows you to filter up to ten tags, so you can filter out the «anime» tag and never see another anime style game again.

Steam also allows you to enable parental controls. You can completely block access to the store, or even allow access to only certain games in your library using Family View.

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