Blizzard Is Trying To Censor All Overwatch Porn From The Internet
(Last Updated On: May 29, 2016)

The only thing that some people are interested in regarding Overwatch is the porn. In fact, the only search keywords that any of our Overwatch content comes up in is in relation to Overwatch SFM models and Overwatch porn. No one who comes to this site is at all interested in a vanilla, repetitive multiplayer shooter. Well, Blizzard apparently doesn’t want the only thing that Overwatch is good for to be the only thing that Overwatch is known for, so they’re cockblocking nerds by forcing the panties back on Tracer and Widowmaker, with copyright infringement notices and DMCA takedowns.

PCGamesN picked up the story from some posts over on Reddit from user spornm where they explained that he makes NSFW videos using Valve’s Source Filmmaker (which seems to be the only quality content made in SFM), and Blizzard has been dropping banhammers on Overwatch porn. Spornm wrote…

“One of the biggest out there right now is by far is Overwatch, people can’t get enough of it. Expect Blizzard, because today I got this.

 

“A few seconds earlier I got anther one on anther short movie that was uploaded there. And I’m by far not the only one, whole sites are shutting down due to these DMCA’s.”

Spornm didn’t make a post with empty words. He came bearing gifts.

The Pornhub video featured Tracer and Widowmaker from Overwatch involved in futa sex with Liara from Mass Effect. It’s not surprising that sponrm was likely cleaning up on views from the video given that the third most searched item on Pornhub regarding Overwatch was “Tracer futa”, according to stats that Pornhub released to the public on their insights page.

Blizzard is also going after those on tumblr and other blogs. NSFW content creator Ellowas’ posted the following on his blog, stating…

“As you might have noticed, due to the recent media coverage on Overwatch-porn, a lot of creators have been hit with copyright strikes and got their stuff taken down – me being one of them.

“I just received my second and final warning from Tumblr, forcing me to strip my blog from any posts, in order to protect myself from being banned.

“No idea how things will go from here.”

For some strange reason PCGamesN tries to paint the picture as if some kind of thievery was going on involving Overwatch SFM porn, writing…

“[…] the porn creators are ripping the assets straight out of a game, modeling genitals onto them and bashing them together really fast. So these aren’t even artistic impressions – they’re essentially stolen character models being used for something they shouldn’t be.”

“Stolen character models” applies to every SFM, Garry’s Mod machinima, and any video game machinima on the web. Although, I wonder if they still consider that being “used for something they shouldn’t be”?

According to the Fair Use doctrine by Standford University

“[…] a fair use is any copying of copyrighted material done for a limited and “transformative” purpose, such as to comment upon, criticize, or parody a copyrighted work. Such uses can be done without permission from the copyright owner.”

They even further delineate on the use of works under the depiction of “parody”, with attorney Rich Stim explaining…

“A parody is a work that ridicules another, usually well-known work, by imitating it in a comic way. Judges understand that, by its nature, parody demands some taking from the original work being parodied. Unlike other forms of fair use, a fairly extensive use of the original work is permitted in a parody in order to “conjure up” the original.”

Thus, Overwatch porn could fall under fair use, especially since the porn involving futanari “enhancements” requires actual modification to the character models. In this case, adding genitals to a character and making them perform in physically exhaustive acts that they originally cannot do in the original game could be considered “transformative”. But I doubt Blizzard even wants to give anyone the opportunity to see it that way.

I know the SJW games media out there will try to spin it as if using Overwatch models in SFM movies is “illegal”, but they’re only doing that because games media is sex negative. But if using Overwatch models in SFM machinima is “illegal” then so is Rooster Teeth’s Red vs Blue or every single other SFM short film, parody, music video or clip featuring characters from a wide tapestry of video game brands. In that case, every other Garry’s Mod video would need to be pulled off of YouTube for copyright infringement.

And speaking of Overwatch characters in SFM short films on YouTube… you can check out one of the few videos that haven’t been pulled down by Blizzard yet featuring Tracer’s butt, courtesy of Gacnac. Enjoy it while it lasts until it gets hit with a DMCA or the author’s YouTube account is terminated due to multiple copyright strikes.


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  • Jesus Zamora

    Overwatch porn is basically ALL OVER Naughty Machinima and Hentai Foundry, so either there’s a third party involved or a Blizzard lawyer was trying to make it look like he was actually working and not jacking off at work.

  • Arbitrary

    I find it funny that they try to shut down porn of their game, when the female characters are already so utterly, blatantly sexualized. The porn-people are really only going through the logical conclusion of Blizzard’s own character design.

    • C G Saturation

      I don’t understand why humans find it so difficult to accept that males tend to find females sexually attractive. You don’t see any other species getting upset whenever a male gets aroused.

      The people who whine about this shit must believe they were all brought by the stork or something.

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    Streisand Effect?

  • TBill

    First, we don’t actually know if porn like this is covered by fair use. There have been zero lawsuits. No case has been raised yet. This isn’t live-action parody porn which has received a pass, so far.

    Every article I have read that has mentioned videos pulled, only mentions the ones using actual Blizzard models. Have you heard of cases of videos being shut down outside of that? If so, then, yes, they have gone too far. If it is still limited, then Blizzard is fine under current law. Until someone sues a company to define use of assets for porn “parodies,” then Blizzard will be protected by copyright.

    Also, Red vs Blue received the tacit endorsement from Bungie and Microsoft so that whole paragraph is irrelevant. Hell, Microsoft has even paid Rooster Teeth for videos.

    • Red vs Blue received the tacit endorsement from Bungie and Microsoft so that whole paragraph is irrelevant. Hell, Microsoft has even paid Rooster Teeth for videos.

      But the machinima didn’t start with endorsements, it gained endorsements. The paragraph also cites every other machinima on YouTube made in Garry’s Mod or SFM using models or assets from other games. If they’re shutting down Overwatch SFMs for using the models from Overwatch, they’ll need to shut down every other machinima out there using any asset remotely related to a Blizzard product.

      • C G Saturation

        I’ve been in some communities where people share fan models with attached terms of use prohibiting excessive violence or sexuality. That stuff is to protect the authors from potential lawsuits, because the characters and such are trademarked by the original IP holder.

        But other people just ignore the terms of use and do whatever they like anyway, which tends to make authors cease distribution. Most people don’t understand these legalities.

        In my case, I respect the authors for their work. Following their terms of use is the least I can do in return for free goodies. If you really want to have excessive violence and sexy stuff, nobody says that you can’t do it privately.

  • Michael P

    Yeah good luck to Blizzard keeping it off the ‘net forever, as soon as they let off it’ll be right back up again. Not that I’m interested in the porn or the game but NOTHING stops the porn train!

  • Dgnfly

    My reaction. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70utG1L5bfU
    Hell kinda shows how stupid Blizzard is cause the only thing to hype about the game is its porn for the rest its nothing more then a generic shooter.

  • LurkerJK

    hahaha thats precious, ahahaha

    They promoted a good but plotless, soulless, and generally unremarkable multiplayer only game… with character building story videos.

    The result is that the characters are the only interesting thing about the game, they are what everyone wants to talk about and the porn has more character development than the actual game

    • It’s sad but true. Everything interesting about Overwatch is outside of the game itself. No one cares about any of the content we’ve published about Overwatch except for the stuff not involving the game itself. It’s hilarious. It’s the complete opposite for some other titles, like Legend of Zelda or Fallout 4.

      • Sevuz

        Can’t really blame. The game it self ain’t… amazing. But the short films and fan art is fun. The porn… just another year with more sex stuff on the internet.

    • C G Saturation

      That’s what I was thinking. You don’t see people making porn of Doom. Well, I haven’t seen Doom porn, and I don’t think I want to.

  • scemar

    if this is genuine and they do plan to keep doing it, it’s absolutely ridiculous, pure stupidity from blizzard

    but if they’re only doing it for now so they get headliens through streissand effect, it’s a pretty smart move

    it all depends if they actually intend to keep monitoring the internet forever for fan porn which is futile and doesn’t help anyone

    • Jesus Zamora

      I’m leaning toward Streisand Effect. They could shut down all of naughtymachinima.com for all the Overwatch fan porn there is. They could have also forced hentai-foundry to not use their copyright names the way Hasbro did with My Little Pony, but I don’t see that happening either…

  • C G Saturation

    I knew they’d react like this.