No Franchise Is Safe From The Dastardly Clutches of Rule 34.

Blizzard responds to explosion of Overwatch porn

No Franchise Is Safe From The Dastardly Clutches of Rule 34.

Many of us are familiar with one of the golden rules of the Internet – if it exists, then there’s porn of it. Commonly known as “Rule 34”, this sacred law has perverted countless of our beloved franchises, from Star Wars to My Little Pony. Unfortunately, video games are no exception. The Legend of Zelda, the Halo series, Star Fox — these are just some of the big names that have been totally reimagined as cartoon internet porn. A new contender has entered the arena, however — an intellectual property that exploded on the internet in porn form before its game even came out. Yes, we’re talking about Overwatch.

Recommended Videos

Blizzard’s new team-based character shooter, and the company’s first new intellectual property in 17 years, has inspired a gigantic wave of Rule 34 porn, both graphic stills and videos. With several subreddits dedicated to the pornographic scenes, and videos hosted on Pornhub, it’s no question that Overwatch porn is immensely popular. In fact, on the release date of the open beta on May 5th, Pornhub reported that searches containing the word “overwatch” had increased by 817 percent.

Most of these videos or images feature Tracer, Widowmaker, or Mei, the three most iconic female characters in the game. Male characters such as McCree and Hanzo are shown sometimes as well, but not nearly as often.

What differentiates the Overwatch Rule 34 popularity from many other franchises is the fact that Blizzard itself has taken direct action in order to contain it, likely for fear of negative attention to the game. Many of the images and videos of Overwatch heroes performing lewd acts on each other are character models ripped directly from the game, using Source Filmmaker (SFM). This means that these SFM videos are not fanart, but actually manipulated versions of Blizzard’s own art. Reddit user “spornm” was one creator of these videos, and uploaded the DMCA takedown notice they received to Reddit.

It’s likely that Blizzard wants to contain this almost exclusively because of the in-game model usage, where fans or young children who could be prospective players may see confusing images and not necessarily be able to differentiate between game images or porn images. Unfortunately for Blizzard, thousands of porn parodies have been created in the past under the protection of fair use, and so it’s kind of a toss-up to see how this might turn out. Pornhub is still well-stocked with Overwatch videos as of right now, so we’ll just have to see how seriously Blizzard takes this issue in the up and coming weeks.

If you’d like to read more about Overwatch (and not about porn), check out the rest of our Overwatch articles and guides. 

[Image Source]


GameSkinny is supported by our audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Learn more
related content
Read Article Skyrim Players Still Want Sexy Armor for Male Characters
Skyrim cover after of an armored male character
Read Article Assassin’s Creed Shadows Ignites Ghost of Tsushima Reddit Debate
Split image of Assassin's Creed Shadows Yasuke and Naoe and Jin Sakai from Ghost of Tsuhima
Read Article Sims 4 Roadmap Teases More Romance With New Content
Sims 4 season of love roadmap, new date spots, kits, expansion, and more
Read Article Little Kitty, Big City Assures Players They Can’t Hurt the Cat
Kitty safely checks out a sunny nap spot inside a satellite dish in Little Kitty Big City
Read Article Helldivers 2 Director Teases New Cape After Review Bombing
helldivers 2 player squad of four
Related Content
Read Article Skyrim Players Still Want Sexy Armor for Male Characters
Skyrim cover after of an armored male character
Read Article Assassin’s Creed Shadows Ignites Ghost of Tsushima Reddit Debate
Split image of Assassin's Creed Shadows Yasuke and Naoe and Jin Sakai from Ghost of Tsuhima
Read Article Sims 4 Roadmap Teases More Romance With New Content
Sims 4 season of love roadmap, new date spots, kits, expansion, and more
Read Article Little Kitty, Big City Assures Players They Can’t Hurt the Cat
Kitty safely checks out a sunny nap spot inside a satellite dish in Little Kitty Big City
Read Article Helldivers 2 Director Teases New Cape After Review Bombing
helldivers 2 player squad of four