Developer says it will keep selling school shooting game despite backlash
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The video game developer behind a school-shooting simulation game is defending its product and plans to continue selling it despite facing backlash.

The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Acid Software has pushed back against efforts to stop the game’s release and has vowed it will be available to gamers online, even as the U.S. copes in the aftermath of multiple school shootings.

“You cannot censor us and what we do. Our game does not violate any ToS (terms of service) nor promotes any violence and/or extremism. #ActiveShooter will remain on our website and continue its course,” the developer tweeted.


The game allows players to take on the role of either an active shooter entering a school or a SWAT team responding to a school shooter.

Acid was selling an initial version of the game for $20, and plans to release a new version online next month, the AP reported.

After plans for the game's release became public, politicians, educators and parents of students who lost their lives in gun violence swiftly condemned the creator and platforms that planned to offer the game.

In response, the Steam platform canceled its release of the game.

There have been multiple shootings at schools across the U.S. this year, including in Texas, California, Kentucky and Florida.

The Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., left 17 people dead and several others wounded. The survivors and parents of the victims have become outspoken advocates of stricter gun laws and helped organize the March for Our Lives rally in March in Washington, D.C.