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Valve will moderate game forums for reported content on Steam, starting next week

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From September 25, Valve plans on moderating the many forums that belong to Steam's games. Currently, Valve reviews reported content on Steam such as screenshots, artwork, user profiles, community groups, and user reviews, but it's down to the developers to keep an eye on their own forums and respond accordingly. 

So, what's changed? It seems that an increasing number of developers have been contacting Valve, requesting help with their communities, specifically "handling posts that are reported by other players."

Until now, Valve has refrained from stepping in, stating that it "didn’t want to step on the toes of game developers that want to have their own style of communication with players and their own set of guidelines for behavior." With that in mind, developers will be able to choose to "opt out" if they have their own moderation team in place.

The planned change (opens in new tab) won't see Valve "actively perusing your community discussions or posting in threads", instead they'll only contact players if it's absolutely necessary—when issuing a warning or a ban.

Thanks, RPS (opens in new tab).

Sarah's earliest gaming memories involve playing Jet Set Willy on the ZX Spectrum at a friend's house. These days, and when not writing guides, most of her spare time goes into MMOs—though she's quite partial to JRPGs too. She has spent much of the last decade playing the likes of Star Wars: The Old Republic, TERA, Final Fantasy 14, and World of Warcraft. Sarah has been writing about games for several years and, before joining PC Gamer, freelanced for the likes of TechRadar, GamingBible, and Rock Paper Shotgun. One of her fondest hopes is to one day play through the ending of Final Fantasy X without breaking down into a sobbing heap. She probably has more wolves in Valheim than you.