Red Candle Games has put an end to any speculation that its Taiwanese horror game, Devotion was banned from Steam following a backlash from Chinese gamers – but it was temporarily removed because of that backlash.
The Taiwanese horror game caused controversy earlier this week when players reported spotting a reference to a Winnie-the-Pooh meme mocking Chinese President Xi Jinping. It subsequently disappeared from Steam, leading some believe it had been banned from the platform.
However, in a Facebook statement, the developer explained that it removed its title to “have another complete QA check,” and ensure that “no other unintended materials” were left in the game. It also cites “technical issues” that caused “unexpected crashes,” as another reason for the removal.