Paradox Interactive, the developers of the galactic strategy game Stellaris, took a firm stand in support of diversity and against discrimination. When a user created a mod for Stellaris that made all the humans in the game white with European names, Paradox had the mod removed from Steam. The mod was called “European Phenotype and Names Only.”
The COO of Paradox Susana Graham put out a statement using TwitLonger saying, “We have a few rules of conduct that have been in effect for the better part of a decade where racial slurs, among other things, are not allowed. We interpreted this particular mod as breaking those rules of conduct, however it would appear that the comments surrounding the mod, rather than the mod itself, were the biggest problem.”
Polygon reached out to Paradox while the mod was still live on Steam, and Paradox elaborated on why they took the mod down. “We shipped the game originally with an accurate representation of humans, that is to say diverse in both ethnicity and personality. We embrace the idea that players mod the game to best represent how they want to play, we do NOT however wish to enable discriminatory practices. We appreciate any inappropriate mods being brought to our attention and will take them down where necessary, we also encourage players to make use of the flagging function provided by Valve where needed.”
The mod has now been taken down from Steam, though it still remains available on a third-party site.