Digital payment service PayPal has closed the account of Acid Software, the developer of school-shooting game Active Shooter. The game, which allows players to take on the role of a member of a SWAT team or that of a school shooter, was widely criticised in the wake of its release, and was pulled from Steam last month.
The game has also been removed from indie crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. The developers tweeted earlier this week to say that they have “temporarily disabled any purchases” of their games, and were attempting to “figure out the whole situation with PayPal.” Valve dropped the game from their Steam platform in May, meaning PayPal was likely one of the few services via which the developers could gain revenue from sales.
However, in a statement issued earlier this week (via Associated Press), a PayPal spokeswoman said that “PayPal has a longstanding, well-defined, and consistently enforced Acceptable Use Policy, and regardless of the individual or organization in question, we work to ensure that our services are not used to accept payments for activities that promote violence.”
Active Shooter was originally dropped from Steam in May. The removal, however, was not a direct result of the backlash against Valve for allowing the game on their platform. In a statement, the company said that the game’s developer had a long history or copyright infringement, abuse of customers, and review manipulation, and that “we are not going to do business with people who act like this towards our customers.”