Steam pulls game after Dev’s transphobic frenzy against Keffals

Gladiators fight each other and a lion in Domina.

Screenshot: Dolphin Barn Incorporated

Well now well. If it’s not the consequences of an asshole’s own actions. On August 31, the developer behind the gladiator game Domina patch notes posted that including a transphobic screed offensive trans-streamer Clara “Keffals” Sorrenti. Last night some Twitter users discovered that Domina was removed from Steam, stating that this action was taken “at the request of the publisher”. However, the developer confirmed that Valve chose to remove the developer from its platform.

Keffals is a popular trans streamer who was beaten? on August 5 by members of Kiwi Farms, an alt-right forum that cultivates hate speech and brutal attacks on transgender people (some victims of Kiwi Farms’ harassment campaigns have committed suicide). Forced to flee Canada for her own safety, she began campaigning for the website security company Cloudflare to… stop providing services to Kiwi Farms. #DropKiwifarms started trending on Twitter while members of the trans community shared their experiences of being harassed, doxxed, and swatted by the site’s users.

In the latest patch notes in front of Domina, the developer posted a diatribe against Keffals and the trans community. Most posts had nothing to do with game patches and contained transphobic comments. While overall reviews for the game are “mostly positive,” the trend of the most recent reviews is “mostly negative.” A lot of the reviews specifically call the developer for his transphobic beliefs.

The takedown notice on Domina's Steam storefront page.

Screenshot: Kotaku

Domina‘s Steam page is still accessible if you go to the . go direct link, but users can no longer buy or find the game through the search bar. The Dolphin Barn Incorporated studio also no longer has a developer profile. On the right-wing social media platform To chatter (content warning for transphobic and homophobic statements), Domina developer Nicholas J. Leonhard Gorissen clarified that Steam had “cancelled” Dolphin Barn Incorporated. “Gabe Newell doesn’t seem to care that I’ve brought millions in revenue to the table, when his moderation team and VPs will end up costing him millions in payroll.” he posted. Kotaku contacted Dolphin Barn Incorporated, but received no response at the time of publication.

Gorissen also added a screenshot of his developer account. On top of Domina‘s discussion page, there was an official message from Steam Support. “A recent announcement on the Domina community hub contains insults directed at another person,” Valve said in the ban message, noting that the developer has been warned about rule violations in the past. “We are terminating our business relationship with ‘Dolphin Barn Incorporated’ and removing all associated products from sale.” Kotaku contacted Valve, but received no response at the time of publication.

Prior to this total ban, Gorissen was banned from Domina‘s own Steam Forums Over”offensive” comments.

Anyway, big W for Steam today.

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