Wargaming has censored another content creator’s World of Warships videos

Though Wargaming says it was for noble reasons

    
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It hasn’t been the best year for Wargaming, the game studio behind war arcades World of Tanks and World of Warships, and it seems the bad news may be far from over. Russian language players are pointing out that YouTuber Nomen_Est_Omen saw all his World of Warships videos removed from his channel due to copyright claims for “visual elements [in the] World of Warships’ game.”

That naturally led players to assume nefarious motivations from Wargaming, particularly given a similar situation in 2017 involving a different YouTuber, SirFoch. In that incident, Wargaming did threaten to abuse YouTube’s copyright system to censor SirFoch and subsequently apologized after the threat was publicized. That dust-up was generally considered Wargaming’s biggest PR mess prior to the mass revolt of Warships community contributors earlier this year.

This time, however, Wargaming North American regional publishing director Ev1n claims on Reddit that the takedown has nothing to do with Nomen_Est_Omen’s criticism of the game but rather the “insults, slurs and other extreme expletives” routinely used by the content creator, an accusation corroborated by several Russian language players on Reddit. Ev1n’s full statement has been included below.

“We value any content dedicated to our game, regardless of whether it contains any criticism or not. We can disagree with the creator’s position, but we will respect it and take it into account, as long as it is presented in a relatively civilized way. We also understand that we all get emotional when talking about the game sometimes, so we always look for the essence of the content without taking the emotional delivery personal. Dozens of creators who openly criticize the game and who do so in a rather emotional way are proof to that.

“However, there is a line between being passionate and being outright offensive, as well as between criticizing the game and insults, slurs and other extreme expletives. We have no issue with people disliking the game or its aspects, but we are not fine with crossing these lines.

“Unfortunately, as described by /u/GBR2021, this has been the case with the content creator in question.

“The comparison to SirFoch is not lost on us and is exactly why we always try to resolve conflicts through dialogue first. We tried to address the situation with them several times, over a very long period of time – months and years. However, despite these attempts we kept having to deal with slander, extreme slurs directed at other players, content creators and company employees, as well as calls to violate our EULA. In the end, as we exhausted the means to resolve the issue through mediation, we had to take action using other tools at our disposal, even though we believe such measures should be avoided whenever possible.

“Looking back at World of Warships community history, through all our ups and downs, our content creators have always been free to speak their minds about the game. There have been many cases when we have reached out to some of them regarding the tone of their content, their language or imagery used and we’ve always been able to find resolution without escalation. We do believe this is the way it should be. However, in rare cases like this, when dialogue proves insufficient time and time again, we are committed to taking harsher action as applicable to each individual case.”

However, based on this letter, it appears here that Wargaming is admitting to attempting to use YouTube’s messy DMCA reporting system to censor the YouTuber not for his anti-Warships content but for his toxic content, which is still not the purpose of copyright interventions.

Moreover, Wargaming’s honorable intentions have been challenged by players who recalled a recent forum post by Lesta Studios (Wargaming St Petersburg) general manager Malik Khatazhaev (mal_h) regarding the CC exodus; it concludes with the subtle threat (translated from Russian): “I wonder what they will do if the developers forbid them to use their content?”

Either way, the skepticism is warranted given the company’s history.

Source: Reddit
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Zomby57

Oh wow, you guys censored my fair and politely voiced opinion on the subject and on your coverage quality. That’s really ironic, don’t you think?

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Arktouros

Regardless of DMCA and copyright interventions the fact is if you read the EULAs there’s almost always a section about how you have no rights to stream or monetize the game (such as through revenue from content creation such as Twitch, YouTube, etc) and don’t have permission to do anything basically. This has been a thing for a very long time now with numerous cases/articles of content creators who run afoul of a company (for whatever reasons) and just get shut down by them either through bans or misusing DMCA take down requests and the whole thing.

Selective enforcement of the rules is always a frustrating scenario, couldn’t imagine trying to build a career doing content creation where it’s all built on a house of cards like that.

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Utakata

While I believe folks have right to say things about whatever game outside of game company time (as I do often), and game companies have better things to do than to chase disagreeing players on public realms (like improving their game)…I wish folks stop throwing around censor as a buzzword and/or dog whistle. As the pigtails at times has observed, it’s often miss-used and by folks who seem itching to roll back our civil liberties altogether. #FreezePeaches

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Liam Liam

Why the hell would you ban anything that gains attraction to a dead game?? Well done WG 🤦🏻🤣

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Vanquesse V

I don’t like the game nor do I like the company but calling the game dead is a bit of a stretch.
They’ve peaked above 10k ccu monthly on steam without fail for more than 2 years.

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Zomby57

And that’s only Steam, where they released several years after the launch. I bet most of the players still use the original Wargaming launcher.

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Loopy

TIL game i don’t play == dead game.

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TomTurtle

Outdated DMCA issues are bad enough but to weaponize it for other uses on top of that? So very gross. Yeah I don’t like that someone was being awful, but that’s not what the system is intended for. Report that kind of thing to YouTube! It’s not like it’s one person reporting either, it’s a company that has more clout to bring it to YouTube’s attention.

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BalsBigBrother

But we had no choice but to drop a nuke on him it was that or a actually talk to him to discuss things. Yeah I know talk ewwww NUKE TIME!

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Zomby57

You should check out the Russian part of YouTube. I’m afraid they don’t care about toxicity that much at all. IDK why, I get that Russians are generally less sensitive, so maybe YT kinda lowers their standard there.