PayPal shuts down account of Active Shooter video game

The game has been pulled from multiple platforms.

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PayPal has closed the account of Acid Software as of Wednesday.


A school shooting video game that sparked outrage has been dumped by PayPal .

The payments company confirmed on Wednesday that it's closed the account of Acid Software, the developer of the Active Shooter video game that lets you play as a SWAT team member or an active shooter on a school campus. The news was first reported by the Associated Press.

"PayPal has a longstanding, well-defined and consistently enforced Acceptable Use Policy, and regardless of the individual or organization in question, we work to ensure that our services are not used to accept payments for activities that promote violence," a PayPal spokeswoman said in an emailed statement. 

The game was widely criticized by survivors of school shootings and their parents. It's also been pulled from Valve's Steam marketplace and Indiegogo due to outrage expressed by parents of shooting victims in Parkland, Florida. 

"We have temporary disabled any purchases on the Acid Software of any present games. Please wait while we figure out the whole situation with PayPal," Acid Software tweeted on Tuesday. "Everyone is still able to download the free demo though."

The game was created by Anton Makarevskiy, a 21-year-old developer from Moscow, and marketed by his company Acid Software, the AP reported.

"We are trying to figure it out with them directly as we speak," Acid Software told CNET in a direct message on Twitter. "[PayPal] put limit on account which makes it for us not being able withdraw funds, and most importantly, we cannot issue refunds to people that purchased the game."

First published on June 20, 10:24 a.m. PT.

Updated on June 22, 2:06 p.m. PT: Adds Acid Software statement.