'We're Sorry This Happened': Jeff Kaplan Apologizes for Overwatch Copyright Strike

Jeff Kaplan personally apologized to an Overwatch content creator for a copyright strike
Jeff Kaplan personally apologized to an Overwatch content creator for a copyright strike | Courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment

Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan personally apologized to Overwatch content creator itsjieyang Thursday after the latter received two copyright strikes from Blizzard Entertainment.

"Thanks for bringing this to our attention," Kaplan wrote on a post on the Overwatch subreddit highlighting the strikes. "We looked into this and apparently this was auto-actioned. We've worked to correct this and it should be fixed now."

Itsjieyang is best known in the Overwatch community for their patch rundown videos, which highlight major changes in the game in short, digestible videos. They expanded to posting highlights from the Overwatch League after opening weekend, leading to the two copyright strikes assigned Wednesday.

Those strikes would have prevented itsjieyang from posting Overwatch League content through May 12, roughly halfway through the season.

"we're fans of itsjieyang's content (especially the patch break downs!) and we're sorry this happened!" Kaplan wrote.

"Weird- it said manual strike. But no matter," itsjieyang responded to Kaplan. "Thanks, Jeff."

The Overwatch League began its third season Feb. 8.