Content material warning: This information story consists of descriptions of sexual assault.

Overwatch 2 has seen an inflow of user-created customized game modes since its free-to-play launch earlier this month. Like a whole lot of FPS video games with customized server browsers, Overwatch 2’s customized video games will be named something allowed by Blizzard’s phrase filters and character restrict. Nevertheless, that hasn’t prevented a mode known as “Sexual Assault Simulator” from displaying up, which sparked Twitter person Lynn MBE to put up a PSA for anybody who may encounter it. 

“Don’t let your kids play Overwatch,” they warned. Lynn MBE says her 12-year-old son discovered the mode, “realized it was dangerous, closed the game and instructed me.” Comic and Twitch streamer Brian “Limmy” Limond posted a number of screenshots of the mode’s itemizing that he discovered on Twitter in response to Lynn MBE’s tweet.

The outline for the mode reads: “That is model 1.2 of the brand new and distinctive Sexual Harassment Simulator. Discover new associates, reside a traditional life and provides delivery to a baby!”

If you enter it, it forces one participant to play as Cassidy in opposition to a workforce of strictly feminine Overwatch heroes. Within the top-left of the display screen, it instructs you to “Flash to knock down your victims,” which refers to Cassidy’s outdated Overwatch 1 Flashbang capacity after which says to “Tbag to fuck,” which is written with areas, seemingly to get round a phrase filter. As you crouch, textual content seems on the highest of the display screen that claims “raping…” Enemy heroes are then marked as “pregnant” and, ultimately, a Torbjorn bot is spawned to simulate a baby.

The mode, which is attributed to YouTube person Amatsuhikone, was playable by a customized game code in Overwatch 1 as early as January, however has been up to date following Overwatch 2’s launch.

“Inappropriate or express content material has completely no place in our game,” a Blizzard spokesperson instructed PC Gamer in response to my query in regards to the mode. “We instantly eliminated the user-created game mode as soon as made conscious of its existence. We’re frequently working to enhance automated filters to stop inappropriate user-created content material, and manually eradicating any that aren’t caught by the system.”

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Nevertheless, Blizzard appears to have solely eliminated present listings of this mode within the customized video games browser—I’ve verified that the distinctive five-digit code that lets you play the mode remains to be accessible. Anybody with the code might presumably flip it right into a public game and re-list it. It is potential to report customized game titles and descriptions by a button on the browser web page, however for situations like this, where the mode itself violates the foundations, there is not any straightforward solution to talk that to Blizzard.

It is common to see Overwatch customized video games titled “18+” or “NSFW” alongside issues like “roleplay,” however these warnings are often used on issues like empty maps to sit back out and voice chat in, not elaborate creations that require customized scripting by the game’s Workshop characteristic. Hardly ever do you see a mode so egregiously in violation of the game’s guidelines earlier than a single participant even enters it.

On this case, Blizzard’s moderation seems to be restricted. It would not appear to incorporate banning customized game codes, nor does it appear to completely filter offensive phrases out of the textual content inside them. It is also unclear if the unique creator has obtained any form of punishment.

Customized server and game browsers is usually a boon for energetic FPS communities searching for an alternative choice to the common modes and matchmaking, however robust moderation in these areas is important, particularly for a game like Overwatch 2, which is primarily focused at teenagers.