Censorship seems to be Blizzard’s go-to idiosyncrasy in recent times, especially when it comes to anything related to expressing a kinship for freedom, supporting the American President, or even satirically referencing one of his catch phrases. In the case of a World of Warcraft role-play guild, they’ve had the name of their guild, “Make Azeroth Great Again”, censored and changed… twice.
Cogblast told Gamebyte…
“[Blizzard] did the same thing to my WoW Classic guild ‘Make Azeroth Great Again,’ which was just a tongue-in-cheek name for what was really just a social guild. We got it changed back, and then twelve hours later it was force-changed again,”
What makes this story interesting is that Cogblast received an e-mail from Blizzard informing him that the guild name was being “permanently renamed” because it violated their “inappropriate name” policy.
However, a blue-name game master, also known as a GM, was contacted by Cogblast and he explained the situation. The game master then informed him that he was going to restore the name of the guild and remove the penalty from Cogblast’s account, writing via e-mail…
“I took a look here and I am very sorry this happened. I fixed your name and removed the penalty from your account here.”
But it didn’t end there. The GM’s decision was overturned by a rep on the server, and the name was censored and changed.
According to Techraptor, guild names on role-play servers must be consistent with the theme of the server. They cite the guild name policies for the role-play server, which states…
“Names are subject to the same rules established above. Any name the player has the ability to customize—such as player names, BattleTags, and guild names—must be appropriate and inoffensive. Any name that violates our standards or disrupts the community will be changed, and additional limitations may be placed on the offending account per our discretion.
“Take note that acceptable names are determined by player reports and Blizzard’s decision, and role-playing servers may have distinct standards for using game-appropriate names.”
So the role-play GM thought that the name of the guild was inappropriate, and even though someone else at Blizzard thought that it was okay, apparently the person who didn’t have a problem with the name was overruled.
It’s just more of Blizzard enacting their censorship on fun, all on behalf of China.
(Thanks for the news tip Mugen Tenshin)