The Key to Home / いえのかぎ

The Key to Home / いえのかぎ

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“The Key to Home / いえのかぎ” has been deleted from the steam store by valve.
I want to thank you all for your continued support.

It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you all that “The Key to Home”(AppID:710370) has been deleted from the steam store by valve.

Here is basically how everything has transpired so far.

Our game, “The Key to Home” was approved by Valve after passing through their game content reviewing process.Then on Nov. 29th, we received an E-mail from Valve asking us to explain the game’s plot and to also specify its intended audience. Wanting to respond to them quickly, we hastily summarized the plot in Japanese and explained to them that the target audience is people concerned with the social problem of children and people who like children in general. We also told them our stance that if there were any questions, we would be ready to answer to them.
However, four days later reply, they responded with a very short E-mail stating simply “We are not interested in shipping this title on Steam”. Shortly after receiving this response, “The Key to Home”’s store page was deleted, and the payment we made to SteamDirect was returned.

After sending them numerous E-mails requesting a direct explanation as to why it was deleted, the response we finally got was essentially “(because)we think this novel’s core audience is pedophiles”.
However, since that is the exact opposite message of this game, it is clear that their decision was based on an ill informed and misinterpreted understanding of its content.

We have continually taken a strong stance AGAINST promoting crimes against children.
This stance of ours may already be obvious to those of you who read these discussion boards, but any users hinting at sexual acts with minors have been swiftly banned and we have also made it very clear to people that this title contains no sexually explicit images whatsoever.

We have continually asked Valve to inform us of any specific issues that they have with us or this title, but as of this moment we have yet to receive any clear response.

While it does have eye catching visuals, “The Key to Home” is a game that offers much more than meets the eye. This is a novel game that aims to raise social awareness of child and school related social issues through a story about four troubled heroines who, under unexpected circumstances, join forces with a young hapless teacher to fight against the evil forces that mean to exploit children.

There are no direct sexual expressions in this game whatsoever.
We make no hesitation in declaring that this game is meant not to make a negative impact on the world, but rather to make a positive impact on it by providing its players with new ideas and perspectives.

Also, this title is already on sale in Japanese stores after having been approved as “appropriate for all ages” and even has a physical disc version that has been available for several months now.
Many people have already played this game and as of this moment, there hasn’t been a single complaint from any one saying that this game is aimed at pedophiles.

We are ready to answer and respond to any and all question related to this title. Also, if any areas are deemed to contain unacceptable content we are prepared to deal with them.
Valve has not yet responded to any of the inquiries we have made over these last few days.
However, we still firmly believe that valve is a company that respects the right to freedom of speech and that they will allow us to reach a conclusion through fair discussion.

At this time, we are open to listening to your ideas and opinions on how we might fully correct this matter and bring this title back onto steam.

I thank you again for your support, and look forward to hearing from you all.



大変残念なことに、私達の大切な作品「The Key to Home / いえのかぎ(AppID:710370)」のストアページがValveによって削除されました。

「The Key to Home / いえのかぎ」は既にValveが責任を持って実行したストアレビューとアプリレビューを通過し、ローカライズと調整さえ済めば直ちにリリースができる状態の作品でした。
しかし、返事の4日後私達が受け取ったものは「我々はこのタイトルをSteamに持ち込むことに関心がない(We are not interested in shipping this title on Steam)」という非常に簡潔な返事でした。返事が届くと同時にストアページが削除され、開発者ページへのアクセスが禁止され(これは後に解除となりました)、SteamDirectに支払った金額が払い戻されました。




「The Key to Home / いえのかぎ」は目を引きやすいビジュアルを持った作品ですが、ただ楽しいだけのお話しではありません。





很遺憾的,我們的重要的作品「The Key to Home / いえのかぎ(AppID:710370)」的作品頁面被Valve刪除了。

「The Key to Home / いえのかぎ」是已經通過Valve負責施行的頁面審查和程式審查,只要做完各國版語言化調整後就可以馬上上市的狀態的作品。
但是,4天後我們收到的回信是「我們對這部作品沒有興趣(We are not interested in shipping this title on Steam)」這樣非常的簡潔的一句,收到回信的同時作品頁面被刪除,開發者頁面被禁止存取(不久後解除了),支付給SteamDirect的金額也被退還了。




「The Key to Home / いえのかぎ」雖是含有吸引人的眼光的視覺效果的作品,但是並不是就只有歡樂的故事。





Quiero agradecerles a todos por su continuo apoyo.

Es muy a mi pesar que debo informarles a todos que "The Key to Home" (AppID: 710370) ha sido eliminada de la steam store de Valve.

Este es básicamente el desarrollo hasta ahora:

Nuestro juego, "The Key to Home" fue aprobado por Valve después de pasar por el proceso de revisión del contenido del juego. Luego, el 1 de diciembre, recibimos un correo electrónico de Valve pidiéndonos que expliquemos la trama del juego y también que especificáramos su público objetivo. Queriendo responderles rápidamente, resumimos apresuradamente el argumento en japonés y les explicamos que el público objetivo son las personas que se preocupan por los problemas sociales de los niños y las personas que les gustan los niños en general. También les dijimos nuestra postura de que, si hubiera alguna pregunta, estaríamos encantados de responderles.
Sin embargo, cuatro días después respondieron con un breve correo electrónico que decía simplemente "No estamos interesados ​​en publicar este título en Steam". Poco después de recibir esta respuesta, se eliminó "The Key to Home" de la store y se devolvió el pago que hicimos a SteamDirect.

Después de enviarles numerosos correos electrónicos solicitando una explicación directa de por qué se eliminó, la respuesta que finalmente obtuvimos fue esencialmente "Porque pensamos que la audiencia principal de esta novela son pedófilos".
Sin embargo, dado que ese es el mensaje exactamente opuesto de este juego, está claro que su decisión se basó en una comprensión mal informada y malinterpretada de su contenido.

Continuamente adoptamos una postura firme EN CONTRA de promover crímenes contra los niños.
Esta posición nuestra ya puede ser obvia para aquellos de ustedes que leen estos foros de discusión, pero cualquier usuario que insinúe actos sexuales con menores ha sido rápidamente expulsado y también hemos dejado muy claro a las personas que este título no contiene imágenes sexualmente explícitas en absoluto.

Continuamente le hemos pedido a Valve que nos informe sobre cualquier problema específico que tenga con nosotros o con este título, pero a esta altura aún no hemos recibido ninguna respuesta clara.

Si bien tiene visuales llamativos, "The Key to Home" es un juego que ofrece mucho más de lo que parece. Este es un novedoso juego cuyo objetivo es concienciar socialmente a los niños y las cuestiones sociales relacionadas con la escuela a través de una historia sobre cuatro heroínas con problemas que, en circunstancias inesperadas, unen fuerzas con un joven maestro desventurado para luchar contra las fuerzas del mal que intentan explotar a los niños.

No hay expresiones sexuales directas en este juego en absoluto.
No dudamos en declarar que este juego no debe tener un impacto negativo en el mundo, sino que debe tener un impacto positivo al proporcionarles a los jugadores nuevas ideas y perspectivas.

Además, este título ya está a la venta en tiendas japonesas después de haber sido aprobado como "apropiado para todas las edades" e incluso tiene una versión de disco físico que ha estado disponible durante varios meses.
Muchas personas ya han jugado este juego y hasta el momento, nadie ha dicho que este juego esté dirigido a pedófilos.

Estamos listos para responder y responder cualquier pregunta relacionada con este título. Además, si se considera que algunas áreas contienen contenido inaceptable, estamos preparados para tratar con ellas.
Valve aún no ha respondido a ninguna de las consultas que hemos realizado durante estos últimos días.
Sin embargo, todavía creemos firmemente que Valve es una empresa que respeta el derecho a la libertad de expresión y que nos permitirá llegar a una conclusión a través de una discusión justa.

En este momento, estamos abiertos a escuchar sus ideas y opiniones sobre cómo podemos corregir por completo este asunto y recuperar este título.

Les agradezco nuevamente por su apoyo, y espero con interés escuchar de todos ustedes.
Last edited by Henteko Doujin; Dec 13, 2017 @ 9:56am
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Rakushun Dec 9, 2017 @ 3:36am 
Uh, the same artist who did the art in this game regularly draws comics of little girls having sex. I don't think fighting against pedophiles is really your priority here.
wew lad Dec 9, 2017 @ 3:49am 
It's obvious valve supports pedophilia, otherwise they wouldn't try to stop you from releasing a game that combats those issues.
Henteko Doujin Dec 9, 2017 @ 3:52am 
We are always against pedophiles in the real world.

The theme of the story is to fight against real evil, using power of fictional "Hentai".
The artist choice itself has important meaning.
Last edited by Henteko Doujin; Dec 9, 2017 @ 3:58am
ZenithTheOne Dec 9, 2017 @ 3:53am 
Originally posted by Rakushun:
Uh, the same artist who did the art in this game regularly draws comics of little girls having sex. I don't think fighting against pedophiles is really your priority here.

If the content of the game is exactly how the publisher describes it to be Valve should have no issue with letting this game pass. If games on Steam were approved based on what the artist drew outside of the games' actual content then I can name you tens of popular titles that would not be allowed anywhere near Steam as they are today.
Rakushun Dec 9, 2017 @ 3:59am 
Originally posted by Henteko Doujin:
We are always against pedophiles in the real world.

The theme of the story is to fight against real evil using power of fictional "Hentai".
The artist choice itself has important meaning.

What you say in a game with the text and what target audience you intend to pick up with it with the art aren't always the same. Valve isn't a robot that can be fooled by a mask. They know the real intention and that's to look at the art of little girls.
generał lepper Dec 9, 2017 @ 4:08am 
Have you tried asking them why Monobeno is allowed on Steam but your game is not?
AknEp Dec 9, 2017 @ 4:10am 
Steamは確かに一企業が運営するサービスですが、ゲームマーケットへの影響は計り知れない。 彼らは彼らが好むものだけでなく、違法性がなくファンのいるコンテンツは配信すべきだと考えます。社会的な大原則「疑わしきは罰せず」であるべきです。


Steam is certainly a service operated by a private company, but they are influential in the market of games. They should distribute all legal games , If they don't like them. "Innocent until proven guilty.", this is important principle of society.
Last edited by AknEp; Dec 9, 2017 @ 4:11am
DamnDrone Dec 9, 2017 @ 4:15am 
@Rakushun So, you advocate for the protection of fictional characters, and believe that the real world issue is fixed just by hiding it.
Henteko Doujin Dec 9, 2017 @ 4:16am 
If you judge him with his other works, it's occupational discrimination.
This game doesn't containing pornographic image at all.
And we've been appealing it again and again.
Last edited by Henteko Doujin; Dec 9, 2017 @ 4:19am
Rakushun Dec 9, 2017 @ 4:18am 
Originally posted by Henteko Doujin:
If you judge him with his other works, its occupational discrimination.
This game doesn't containing pornographic image at all, and valve knows that.

Selling your game on Steam is a privilege, not a constitutional right.
poosuke Dec 9, 2017 @ 4:20am 

valve has to explain their regulation and the reason why this game has been deleted. valve gives to insult users and developers.
Hourai Dec 9, 2017 @ 4:27am 
oh god..
Bick Hazard Dec 9, 2017 @ 4:29am 
@rakushun did you come here just to rub salt into wounds?
DamnDrone Dec 9, 2017 @ 4:35am 
Please ignore the obvious flaming.
Bick Hazard Dec 9, 2017 @ 4:36am 
Originally posted by DamnDrone:
Please ignore the obvious flaming.
you're right, my bad.
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