Splatoon 3 publisher Nintendo issued a warning on Twitter, reiterating their content guidelines for online video and image-sharing platforms and stating that they may take legal action against any use of their games to offend public order and morals; intentionally misleading people about their game's rules; seriously damage their games, its worldview or its characters; or encourages such activities.
While the statement issued did not point out direct connection to any incident, the statement follows the October 8 "AV Splatoon" incident, which became a trending topic on Twitter.
"AV Splatoon" Rules Explained
The "AV Splatoon" incident involves VTubers playing Splatoon 3 over an adult video with the use of chroma keying (green screen). During the collaboration, team participants apply chroma key to the ink color of the opposing team.
If their screen gets covered in the opposing team's ink, the applied chroma key will uncover a clip from an adult video, exposing it on stream and risking the channel to be banned from the YouTube platform for violating community guidelines. Any participants in their respective team hit with a YouTube ban lose the game.
Automaton reports that Kimiko Kikase coined the idea for the collaboration, which was then led by Tomeru Ikinone and her VTuber group Sinsogumi. Sigure, Hinachun, Kudoa Tatsuki, Sofia Sapphire, Teriteri Bouzu, and Ryotaro also participated.
Sigure's YouTube channel was removed during the stream. Kimiko's YouTube channel was removed as well, though it was not mentioned that the ban happened during or after the incident. The collaboration drew criticism due to the way Splatoon 3 was used while streaming.
Ikinone has apologized following the event. Her group Sinsogumi also apologized in a statement released on Twitter. Other participants have issued their apologies as well, with Sofia taking a self-imposed one-month break, Kudoa deleting all of her accounts, Teriteri putting their statement of apology in their Twitter bio.
The shooter game was released September 9 on Nintendo Switch, and the console company has reported that it sold 3.45 million copies in Japan, putting it in history books as the country's fastest-selling video game of all time.
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