As many of you may already be aware, ForgeHub will no longer be supporting content of any kind from the Eldewrito 0.6 mod for Halo Online. This was a decision not made lightly on the part of our team. From the first whispers of conflict, we have closely monitored and observed the situation to ensure that we uphold all the proper rules, regulations and guidelines put forth from Microsoft. Like stated before, we want to ensure we provide a safe, engaging and diverse platform that operates well within the laws set out. We stuck it out through the first wave on DCMA's that hit streaming outlets, removing our nearly three hour livestream of Forge and took the proper steps to ensure content posted on the site was not at immediate risk as well.
Many people have been asking a similar question. What changed? When Microsoft first requested the Eldewrito team halt development and began removing download links for Halo Online, we feared that content created within the mod might come under fire too. Our team worked feverishly to research and evaluate all our options. Our primary goal was to preserve our new growing community and to continue to provide a seasoned platform for those creators to share, interact and play. We eventually gained knowledge that ForgeHub's support of Eldewrito content, and Halo Online by extension, represented a legal conflict of interest. A large one. One that would fully prevent any future partnerships between ForgeHub and 343 Industries, dissolve all current ones and that would even affect some of our members on an individual level. This is a matter of law, not opinion. These same consequences apply to those who support Eldewrito/Halo Online in any way, whether it be through videos, streams, services, etc. While the current situation is stable, there is a possibility that Microsoft could escalate their efforts further which would only increase the risks involved. Several other Halo community members, aware of these risks, have too started taking steps to avoid such risks.
Our team established early on that if any legal implications were to come into play regarding our involvement with ElDewrito we would act in accordance with the law and with the best interest of ForgeHub's future and longevity in mind.
Our partnerships with 343 Industries have been invaluable to the Forge community. Entire playlists and gametypes have been the result of these joint efforts. Big Team Battle, Extermination, 2v2 Throwdown, Infection and many more. The relationship that we have built with 343 has allowed forgers the chance to enhance the experiences of not only fellow forgers but the Halo community as a whole. This is a combined effort that we hope to only grow and expand throughout the years. We want to ensure members of our community, the Forge community, continue to have the ability to build great things and to potentially share those great things with all Halo fans.
This same unique relationship has allowed for more community content than ever before to make it's way onto the public stage and has directly fueled the development of our community.
So with with heavy hearts in tow, our team decided to no longer support content from Eldewrito on our site. In the end, we had to act with the best interest of our community's future in mind. To that same tone, we hate to feel as though we are isolating a portion of our community. Throughout this journey our primary focus has been you. The forgers. It was not a choice made lightly.
So what will happen to all the content shared on the site so far?
From this point onward, all content of any kind from Eldewrito is prohibited on the site. We will be taking steps to remove options that allowed for the sharing of the content. As for the stuff already here, it's not being wiped off the face of the Earth. We value creative content beyond all else here and work extremely hard to preserve creations of all kinds. That being said, our team will be working to create a compiled list of the Eldewrito content shared up until this point. Once compiled, we will pass this list off to the Eldewrito team, at which time we will fully severe all ties with the project. The content will then be removed from our site.
It's important to understand that this wasn't a deliberate "attack" on ForgeHub by either 343 or Microsoft in any way. This decision was made by the ForgeHub team after much deliberation topped off with new found legal guidelines. As stated by countless facets of the community, do not lash out at people only acting within the confines of the law.
Looking forward, we embrace the idea of more Forge on PC. With what we saw in such a short time in Eldewrito boasts extremely well for the future of the creative tool we all know and love.
Keep on forgin'