A series of animated shorts based on the popular Blizzard video game.

Overwatch - Netflix

Type: Animation

Languages: English

Status: Running

Runtime: 8 minutes

Premier: 2016-03-21

Overwatch - Overwatch and pornography - Netflix

Blizzard Entertainment's 2016 video game Overwatch inspired a notable amount of fan-made pornography. The game's distinct and colorful character designs drew attention of a large number of online content creators, resulting in sexually explicit fanart. Character models were ripped from the beta versions of the game and subsequently spread, edited, and animated on the Internet. Short pornographic videos featuring official character models animated through Source Filmmaker are popular on websites such as Pornhub and YouPorn, and sexualized imagery is spread freely through Tumblr and Reddit. Overwatch pornography usually consists of short pieces of video featuring characters such as Tracer, D.Va, and Mei. Blizzard has been issuing cease-and-desist orders to some prolific creators through an independent security firm, though the game's director has described the situation as “an inevitable reality of the internet in 2016.” Video game journalists have described the abundance of (pornographic) fan works as a positive indicator for the game's longevity. Overwatch and its pornographic community has inspired various groups and companies to produce adult content related to the game. Brazzers produced a “porn parody” based on Overwatch in September 2016. The website Overpog.com started producing a Playboy-style magazine about the game in late 2016, until they were forced to stop in February the following year. Overwatch has inspired both sexualized cosplay and pornographic virtual reality works.

Overwatch - Background and history - Netflix

Overwatch is a multiplayer online shooter game developed by Blizzard Entertainment. The game sports a cast of various characters, each with a unique design. Pornographic fan works of online multiplayer games like Overwatch has always been relatively common: according to Pornhub vice-president Cory Price, the most popular video-game related search queries on Pornhub were Minecraft, Halo, Clash of Clans, and Call of Duty. Aoife Wilson of Eurogamer asserted that a cursory search on websites like Pornhub reveals pornography inspired by many high-profile video game franchises. Overwatch entered a closed beta in late 2015, during which time various people ripped the character models of Overwatch from the game and spread them over the Internet. When Blizzard made an open beta of Overwatch available on May 5, 2016, Pornhub registered a spike of 817% in searches for pornographic material related to the game. Searches for Overwatch pornography originated somewhat evenly worldwide, though South Korea and Belarus searched for such content the most. According to Jeff Grub of VentureBeat, websites such as Tumblr were overflowing with sexualized fanart of the characters at the time.

Nathan Grayson of Kotaku stated that Overwatch makes for “good porn” because of its colorful cast of characters with distinct visual styles. Grayson pointed out that the game features a higher-than-average number of female characters, many of which wear skin-tight clothing. One fan artist stated that he “was drawn to do Overwatch porn because its characters ooze, well, character. They're expressive, have a unique look, and their models are high quality, which makes them a joy to animate.” Grayson stated that Overwatch pornography is relatively easy to make with Source Filmmaker, the community of which is built around the sharing of assets, including nude models. Many people who create and watch Overwatch pornography haven't actually played the game, but know the characters from the teaser trailers they have appeared in. Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan stated in an interview that he and his team have purposefully kept the romantic relationships and sexual identities of their characters vague in order to not “pander” to the audience. Kaplan described the porn scene as “an inevitable reality of the internet in 2016.” When Randy Pitchford, CEO of Gearbox Software, tweeted about the existence of pornographic content based on Overwatch's competitor game Battleborn, he was immediately mocked and trolled by fans of the more popular game. Pitchford was accused of “desperately trying to put the spotlight back on his game”, and the Reddit website he linked to was flooded by Overwatch references. In January 2017, Pornhub announced that “Overwatch” was the 11th-most search term on their website in the previous year, beating out searches for words such as “anal” and “threesome”.

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