A year on from WWE 2K users being banned for sharing a custom version of wrestling legend Hulk Hogan, a new censorship row has erupted over WWE 2K17’s community creations policy.
Over the past week, a number of users have taken to social media to complain that their WWE 2K17 accounts have been banned by publisher 2K as a result of the created superstars they uploaded to the game’s servers.
Despite scantily clad women being a hallmark of WWE programming for the past couple of decades, the publisher apparently deemed the following custom women wrestlers as inappropriate for storage on its online servers:
Amidst growing complaints of overzealous censorship on the part of 2K, the team reached out to one affected user (who uploaded the second created wrestler above) with the following statement:
“On behalf of the 2K Dev Team, sorry that it sounds like you’ve had some issues with your recently posted content to Community Creations and getting banned. I’ve informed Customer Service regarding your particular case, and if you reach out to them, they should lift the ban. Just so you’re aware, the Lilith CAW you uploaded without the belt is on the borderline in terms of acceptability due to the high level of butt cheek exposure (though we understand that the removal of the belt was out of your hands), please bear that in mind with your CAW creations moving forward when uploading them to Community Creations.
“On the other hand, the Kasi Cage CAW that was uploaded by your friend probably shouldn’t have triggered a ban in the first place. Sorry to hear that it hasn’t expired for him, but please have him reach out to Customer Service as well to get the ban released.”
Thanks to German reader ‘Trips’ for providing us with 2K’s statement and screenshots.