I just read it for the articles!
Blizzard Entertainment is a powerhouse in the gaming market, and their latest IP Overwatch has been met with massive success, with millions of active players, amazing cosplays of heroes, tons of Youtube video creators and Twitch streamers, and loads of amazing fan art showing different takes on the world’s heroes. Unfortunately, not all of fan work is created equally in Blizzard’s eyes, with the unexpected shut down of the fan run online magazine “Playwatch”.
Playwatch started out as a simple drawing of a magazine cover which was a parody of the popular “Gentleman’s Magazine” Playboy. This image was loved by fans who saw it, who begged to see more. This prompted the release of a digital magazine in November of 2016, which depicted the character D.va modelling with an interview with the character. The magazine was full to the brim with interviews of Overwatch heroes, fan art, cosplays and more. Over the next couple of months, the developers behind “Playwatch” accepted submissions from writers, cosplayers, and artists to fill the pages of the satirical magazine. Some articles were about real events happening in the community, while others were parodies of characters, such as an interview with Bastion consisting mainly of “beep boop”.
In the first few months after Overwatch’s release, Blizzard did send out several “cease and desist” orders to various pornographic websites, asking them to remove any and all Overwatch related material, so this sort of behavior isn’t new, but it is curious in the situation of Playwatch, which despite it’s suggestive nature, never featured any kind of pornographic content, graphic or otherwise. Redditor /u/Falahil, who was a regular contributor to the magazine points out “There are thousand of artists, websites, twitter account, youtubers… using Overwatch heroes in their channels, even making money with them. Why aren’t we allowed to keep doing this fan work?” The developers behind Playwatch has written to Blizzard to ask why they have been shut down, and hopefully repeal the legal order, but at this time, they have effectively shut down their official website.
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