Blizzard removes “inappropriate” Starcraft 2 Maps “because they can”

One of the biggest success in the original Starcraft game was their custom maps feature, allowing players to create unique and fun maps that contributed to the games longevity. In the original Starcraft, Blizzard never policed over the custom maps until now, and with good reason or cause other than, “Because they can.”

Without any appropriate reason, they have removed the custom Starcraft II map “Ultimate Tank Defence” from Battle.net without any good cause or reasoning. Not only was the map removed, the developer has also been suspended of his publishing rights. After numerous complaints on the Blizzard forums, Blizzard’s response was, “Because we can.”

Blizzard community manager Lylirra shared an overview of the rules.

While players are encouraged to share the maps they create through Battle.net, published maps are subject to review to ensure that they promote a fun and safe environment for all players. You can learn more about the StarCraft II content policy here: http://us.blizzard.com/support/article/33752
If a map is found to contain inappropriate content, it will be removed from Battle.net and the map maker will be contacted via email. Should a player have any questions or concerns regarding a specific action, he or she is welcome to contact our support representatives by using the following web form: http://us.blizzard.com/support/webform.xml?locale=en_US

If you see a player-made map that contains inappropriate content, simply right click on the map image thumbnail under “Details” and then select the “Report this Content” option.

If you’re wondering why this policy was never in effect for the original Starcraft 2, read the statement given by Community manager Bashiok.

Because we can. Literally. We have a support department now of size and ability to enforce these types of things. It simply wasn’t possible when our in-game support used to consist of approximately 20 technical support agents. We did, however, actually police Warcraft III maps to a small degree if they were reported. But it was a rather archaic process.

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One Response to “Blizzard removes “inappropriate” Starcraft 2 Maps “because they can””
  1. I find this amusing. I'm not too worried about it.

    They know people are going to keep playing their games anyway.

    I'm curious to know what made the map particularly "inappropriate" and by what standards they decide what is and what isn't "inappropriate". I don't plan on making maps that look like penises but it would help to know where my boundaries are anyway.