A number of WWE 2K16 players have reportedly been banned from the game’s online servers as a result of uploading user-created versions of shamed WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan.
The Hulkster is currently on the outs with the pro wrestling promotion following the recent publication of racist remarks he made back in 2007, with his name and likeness being systematically removed from WWE media – including WWE 2K16.
With Hogan being pulled from officially appearing in the game earlier in the year, the blacklisting apparently extends to WWE 2K16’s community creations hub now as well. This week, several users have reported that they have been banned as a result of uploading their own, custom versions of the six-time WWE champion for others to download and use in-game.
Noted CAW (Create-A-Wrestler) creator Daniel Comer, who goes by the alias DanielakaDee, was banned from 2K’s servers shortly after uploading the following models of Hogan on the game’s Xbox One servers:
— Daniel Comer (@DANIELakaDEE) November 3, 2015
Comer subsequently appealed his ban via the official 2K forums and social media, where community manager Bryan Vore eventually intervened to have the expulsion overturned. Vore commented that uploading Hogan shouldn’t ‘alone’ be worth a ban – implying that the upload was still a violation of its code of conduct, if not ban-worthy in its own right.
— Bryan Vore (@Bryan_Vore) November 3, 2015
@DANIELakaDEE The ban has been lifted.
— Bryan Vore (@Bryan_Vore) November 4, 2015
In previous years, users were similarly punished for uploading created versions of deceased WWE superstar Chris Benoit, who murdered his wife and young son before killing himself.
In the wake of recent events, many 2K forum users have called on the publisher to post a previously promised list of acceptable and unacceptable content for WWE 2K16’s online services.