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It would appear Blizzard is not appreciating some of the supposed ‘fan-made’ content that is floating around for Overwatch.

In accordance to DualShockers, Source filmmakers who are using ripped assets from Overwatch to create pornographic content are said to be experiencing some DMCA take-downs. This news comes following a Reddit post from the user Spornm, a content creator who was sent the following message;

Hello Spornm,

We have disabled the following material as a result of a third-party notification claiming that this material is infringing.

Crossing Worlds = Tracer, Widowmaker, Liara [FUTA]

[Video Link]

If your content has been misidentified as infringing, please submit a DMCA counter-notification. For information on the DMCA counter-notification procedure please go to:

[Link]

Image sourced from Dualshockers

Image sourced from Dualshockers

With this news circulating among other sites, Spornm wrote that the issues about him using ripped models is only half true. Using programs to make additional edits to the models, Spornm wrote that by the time it’s uploaded to Source Filmmaker, the models are already “completely different”.  

“The models used in my porn videos have been modified alot,” he wrote. “For one, there is the obvious fact that the models are nude or can be made to be nude. Fun fact, Blizzard didn’t make that part.”

Within his post, Spornm argues with Blizzard’s logic for these DMCA take-downs, saying that if they’re going to take down content that feature character models, they should also apply this to ‘Let’s Play’ videos.

“The problem isn’t Blizzard taken down porn, its the fact they are pick and choosing,” he wrote. “It’s none or all. Can’t do both.”

Overwatch is currently available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. If you wish to hear our thoughts, be sure to read our review from Alex Santa Maria.


Quick Take

Blizzard has every right to file DMCA takedowns in regards to these specific videos, in my opinion. Regardless of the edits made to these models, you’re still using assets from the main game to create your own content.

My only criticism is the effectiveness of this strategy. No doubt this news has given rise to not only more pornographic videos for Overwatch, but more Google searches for that matter.  

What are your thoughts on this? Do you feel it was a wise move to initiate these DMCA take-downs? Let us know in the comments below!

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