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Steam’s first uncensored adult game has been pulled from sale in 28 countries–including South Africa

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Negligee: Love Stories is the first completely uncensored to be released on Steam. Released last week, the game has been right at the core of debates around sex in games. When the game’s release was announced, I was in favour.

“There’s nothing wrong with sex or sexuality and people should be able to make and play games like this if that’s what they want to do.”

That’s the whole thing about games like this they should be up to choice. Sometimes, however, that choice gets taken away. The game has been pulled for sale in 28 countries just a week after release. It violates censorship laws in several countries, including the game’s fourth largest sales region, Germany. South Africa is also one of those countries, so you’re now unable to buy Dharker Studio’s sex game.

“The fact is, these restrictions are the downside of being the poster child for the first fully uncensored adult game on Steam,” Dharker Studios said on Steam.

“Several countries banned the game which prompted us to realise that we need to be more careful with where we sell in case we breach laws in other countries.

You might think that it is ludicrous but Dharker Studios Ltd is a company, if we release a game in a country where the content is illegal or could be considered illegal then potentially we could suffer fines and penalties and even legal action by those countries”

Here are the countries where sale of the game is prohibited:

  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Botswana
  • Egypt
  • Morocco
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Sudan
  • Uganda
  • Bangladesh
  • China
  • Lebenon
  • South Korea
  • Pakistan
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Turkmenistan
  • Belarus
  • Iceland
  • Ukraine
  • Russia
  • Australia
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Indonesia
  • Guyana
  • Iraq
  • Dubai
  • UIE
  • Germany

Dharker has said that in future they may have to release censored versions of games, then supply free or cheap DLC to add in the naughty bits. As I’ve said before, as much as games like this often warrant criticism for how they portray sexuality (rather than just that they’re games featuring sex and sexuality), censorship is worse.

Last Updated: September 20, 2018

22 Comments

  1. Dutch Matrix

    September 20, 2018 at 08:26

    If they had sold it via our own Hustler shops it would have been no problem, huh?

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  2. Pariah

    September 20, 2018 at 08:32

    And so the first uncensored game on Steam gets censored.

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  3. Dutch Matrix

    September 20, 2018 at 08:37

    Why was it banned in SA though? Apologies if it was mentioned in the article.

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    • Pariah

      September 20, 2018 at 08:44

      Probably because of the lack of strictness around access to the game – specifically that any child who opts in can shop for, and purchase, the game. My guess is that the marketplace itself would have to be run as an adult-only marketplace in order for these games to be sold online in SA. The law is VERY sticky around this.

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      • Dutch Matrix

        September 20, 2018 at 09:08

        Okay wow. The FPB should not find out you can subscribe to like a gazillion porn sites where age verification is nothing more than click here to be over 18.
        They will ban the internet.

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        • Pariah

          September 20, 2018 at 09:41

          They did in fact try. The public outrage was swift. Don’t you remember last year’s proposed draft censorship bill?

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    • Geoffrey Tim

      September 20, 2018 at 08:59

      Three letters:

      FPB

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  4. Kromas

    September 20, 2018 at 08:48

    Wait what??!! Japan!!! …. I assume the game did not have enough tentacles in it to pass legal requirements. 😛

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  5. Ghost In The Rift

    September 20, 2018 at 09:41

    HAH!! no Namibia on the list i’m in luck…now i can go look at Yennefer’s lemons….wait..wrong game.

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  6. Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    September 20, 2018 at 10:01

    So, mostly undeveloped societies..

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    • XAlFias

      September 21, 2018 at 05:49

      ah yes , because porn is prohibited in those nation , they are ” undeveloped societies” . Having porn makes you very developed i guess …. uncensored porn is the key factor

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      • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

        September 21, 2018 at 09:11

        This is a prime example of misinterpretation of argumentative fallacy.

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  7. G8crasha

    September 20, 2018 at 10:06

    At least they provide an alternative source for the game for those who want it. I’m not saying that I do, though…

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  8. For the Emperor!

    September 20, 2018 at 10:54

    Shit, and I did not get a chance to do a hands-on review of it yet! 🙁

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  9. Ruud

    September 21, 2018 at 18:38

    Sure you can chop off someone’s head in a game, that doesn’t need to be censored… But a little bit of sex and, whoo, you’r way out of line man. What a sick world we live in. Sick to the bone

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  10. Ruud

    September 21, 2018 at 18:40

    You can chop off someone’s head in a game uncensored, no problemo. But a little bit of sex??? Who, you’ve realy crossed the line man. What a sick world we live in these days.

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  11. Leandro Marcondes de Abreu

    September 22, 2018 at 04:34

    This is not totally true. It is possible to buy the game in any country, but the game needs a DLC, which is free, to be uncensored. Said that, this DLC is prohibited in some countries.

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