The Takedown Notices for Overwatch Porn are Completely Justified

Overwatch as you may know is a highly anticipated new First-Person Shooter by Blizzard Entertainment with over 9.7 million players participating in the beta. Given its popularity it comes to no surprise that Internet Rule 34 will easily come into effect, and thus there certainly will be Overwatch porn. However, what I didn’t expect was the porn derived from the characters from the game to be so popular with even many news articles posted about it by various media websites such as Kotaku. In the light of the recent DMCA takedown notices given to the porn makers from a digital company known as Irdeto USA, which is supposedly hired by Blizzard to “flush all the porn out”, there are many outcries from the about how Blizzard is restricting fan works or creative freedom etc. While I understand the sentiments of these creators, there is definitely more to these takedowns than simply “Blizzard doesn’t want you to see Overwatch porn”.

To make Overwatch porn you need assets, so you could either rebuild the characters from scratch which takes a lot of time or simply rip them from the game. The problem is much of the porn is made from character models ripped from the game itself, and then used without permission by the porn making community. Hell, just look at the EULA from the website, it says so very clearly that you’re not allowed to do it under the “License Limitations” section. What this basically means is that you shouldn’t “disassemble”, reverse-engineer, modify or take any assets from any Blizzard software or game. With this in mind it is clear that Blizzard has every right to sue the people who have ripped the assets from the game and made derivative works from those very assets. This is to protect their works from being plagiarised and to stop others from profiting from them. If Blizzard simply sat by and let people use their assets, they would lose profit and this isn’t good for business and it isn’t good for any of us gamers because for any company to make games, they need the resources to do so.  It’s not just about making money, it’s also about making good quality products your consumer base cares about. As far as I know, the Overwatch assets created by the community itself, Blizzard has permitted their use.

Overwatch is also presented as a game with a somewhat family friendly image, and is promoted to many people young and old, not just hardcore gamers. Given how popular the game is, and the mind-boggling amount of porn derivative works, and how any media website raising the awareness of such porn, it would be troublesome if anyone googled “Tracer Overwatch” and then a link to a porn website pops up. I have no doubt that many players of Overwatch are adults however there is still a huge chunk of the player base who are under the age of 18, and many parents who don’t want their kids seeing this adult content. While Blizzard cannot remove all traces of the porn from the internet, what they can do is minimise it so that the minors who play the game will not accidentally stumble upon the erotic content. It does more harm than good to let Overwatch porn run rampant all over the internet, as the game being associated with porn would give people the wrong impression that Overwatch is a game to be played only by adults. Overwatch is not like that at all, the game welcomes many people from various age groups and backgrounds, and so it must live up to its image.

In conclusion, Blizzard may not be simply trying to protect their business or stopping you from watching or making Overwatch Porn, they could instead be trying to ensure that they can deliver a quality product to their fans and also to protect the minors from viewing erotic content. For content creators please be advised that you should always make your own assets for use in your derivative works, and not rip them out of the games you play. Acceptable forms of derivative works include drawings, illustrations, 3D models that you made yourself etc. And you shouldn’t be too quick to judge any company trying to protect their intellectual property. It’s not acceptable to simply label them as “greedy bastards” because after all, you need to give them respect for the hardwork and effort to bring you entertainment. If they didn’t give a shit about the players, then you wouldn’t have any games to play would you?

Thank you for reading! Until next time!

Good Luck, Have Fun!

~Hayashi Sora (林そら)

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2 thoughts on “The Takedown Notices for Overwatch Porn are Completely Justified

  1. On a personal level I think it’s sad people want animated porn and secondly it is potentially harming towards the quality and the overall product of Overwatch, every time I see that image of Tracer grabbing Widowmakers butt I roll my eyes and my mind utters the single word “Really?”. People are entitled to choose what they like but as you said Blizzard is completely within their right to protect their game and characters

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