Microsoft has begun issuing DMCA takedowns against any Twitch streamers who stream ElDewrito, a community-made mod for Halo Online.
343 Industries made a statement addressing the mod and why Microsoft is issuing DMCA takedowns. “While we are humbled and inspired to see the amount of passion poured into this project, the fact remains that it’s built upon Microsoft-owned assets that were never lawfully released or authorized for this purpose,” stated 343 Industries.
Unlike Red vs. Blue and other fan projects, Microsoft has stated that the mod doesn’t fit their established content usage guidelines and as a result, any streams featuring the mod will be shut down. “As this project reverberated across the community, our team took a step back to assess the materials and explore possible avenues, while Microsoft, like any company, has a responsibility to protect its IP, code and trademarks. It’s not optional in other words.”
According to its official website, ElDewrito is “a community-made mode for Halo Online, a cancelled free Halo 3 derived PC game for the Russian market. It allows the game to be played in player-hosted servers and aims to restore removed features, fix bugs and glitches, and add mod support.”
When Microsoft caught wind of the mod, they were quick to contact the developers and inform them of potential legal actions if the project went forward in its current state. “343 Industries and Microsoft have noticed its success, and have reached out to us regarding potential legal action, and have requested we temporarily halt development,” the developers stated in a blog post.
“Since ElDewrito itself is simply an open source mod and not a Microsoft asset, the mod itself will not be taken down. However, it appears that any Microsoft assets required to play the game (MS23 builds, Full 0.6 game zips, etc) will likely be taken down by Microsoft. All we know is that have been told to temporarily halt development until more information is available, and we must honour this request.”
The statement made by Microsoft wasn’t all doom and gloom. They acknowledge the demand for more Halo games on PC and suggested they might have some news in the future. “One thing remains clear – the community really wants more Halo on PC. As we look ahead, we’re very excited about the prospects of an official classic Halo experience making its way to PC,” Microsoft stated.
“While we have nothing to announce today, please know that the PC community is very important to us and top of mind as we work towards the future.”