City of Heroes Homecoming is finally allowing videos and streaming again

    
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In March of 2020, City of Heroes rogue server Homecoming, the largest of the server groups, put a moratorium on videos and streams created on its servers “whilst [the group was] still working on legitimizing the server.” The rule applied to both players and journalists, though the group would not comment on the penalty for violation; at the time, we were left to assume the rule was handed down from NCsoft itself, as this is the server group still negotiating with NCsoft for some sort of license to operate the game. Either way, it sucked, since even we had run streams for the game.

But now that moratorium is over, as the Homecoming folks have updated the code of conduct once again. Players will indeed be allowed to stream the game, but there are strict rules in place to bar pay-to-watch content and content that infringes third-party copyrights. In other words, don’t run off and stream yourself on your new character, Spidermann.

Worth special attention is that last line, as this is the most recent fully public admission that the group is still negotiating with NCsoft “to secure official use of the City of Heroes IP.”

HC reps did clarify on Discord that they’re “capable of making [judgment] based on intent” and aren’t “witch-hunters,” so if Wolverino goes running by you on your stream or you bump into Frodo Laggins in an AE mission in your video, you’re not going to run afoul of the rules.

We reached out to a representative of Team Homecoming last night, only to be told the team was unable to comment beyond what’s already been posted. This is unfortunately pretty typical for Homecoming, so we don’t advise reading much into it. But you probably will, since it’s a really good sign if NCsoft is giving everyone the go-ahead now.

Homecoming most recently posted its i27p2 update with new explorer tip missions and a sweeping revamp of travel powers, which we’ll probably be streaming in the near future with the rule change. In the meantime, here are some of our past streams (recorded before the blackout).

Source: Homecoming forums. Thanks, Anon, Hikari, Vanquesse, and Marius!
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Samuraiko

*ears perk up*

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SketchySeaBeast

This is unfortunately pretty typical for Homecoming, so we don’t advise reading much into it. But you probably will, since it’s a really good sign if NCsoft is giving everyone the go-ahead now.

Yup. Trying not to read into it. I’ve been itching to play again for 2 years now, but have been hoping that I can do so legitimately.

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Peregrine Falcon

Just so you know, in the US, you the player cannot get into any trouble for playing on Homecoming. So you can play CoH legitimately. Federal courts have already ruled that you are always entitled to play the game that you paid for.

The only people with any legal exposure are the folks that operate the various rogue servers.

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SketchySeaBeast

Thanks for that – I hope it helps people. I’m unsure if the rules follow through to Canada. I’m aware it’s a “you’ll never get in trouble for this”, but I’d like it to be legitimate before I play it again. Which means it’s been years of me being creepy and staring into a world I could join but can’t bring myself to. Now at least I have video to watch.

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styopa

It is a little ironic a grey-market server dictating what they “allow”.

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SketchySeaBeast

It’s a little less ironic when you consider they are vocally making an effort to become less grey and the original policy was driven by that.

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styopa

Oh, I understand WHY they’re doing it. I even agree it’s prudent. But still ironic that something operating technically breaking rules/laws, sees fit to issue their own rules and expecting people to follow them.

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Vanquesse V

Is it though? You don’t think that anyone running a site or a service will want to have certain rules irregardless of their legality?
I mean it’s not like criminal organizations like the Italian mob aren’t famous for their very particular code of conduct. Why would taking your crime online make the need for rules any different?

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Bryan Correll

So now I can start work on my video series ‘Pink Possum, Scrapper with a Stick’?

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Celestia

The Hero we need and deserve.

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Ken from Chicago

Yay!