YouTube seems to be singling out and restricting Mortal Kombat over other M-rated games, and it's directly affecting content creators like Maximilian

Blue, green, or orange blood? That's all good and fine, just don't let them catch you showing the red stuff...

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • April 10, 2019 at 3:19 p.m. PDT

Virtually any game in the Mortal Kombat franchise is guaranteed to be characterized by envelope-pushing, over the top gore, and the upcoming Mortal Kombat 11 is easily the biggest purveyor yet of blood, guts, and broken bones.

Content creators like Maximilian have been experiencing some interesting restrictions from YouTube as the video platform has been demonetizing and age-restricting many uploads that show splatters of red blood (most other colors are totally fine), and going as far as hiding them completely for those watching in certain countries outside of the United States.

Max has been dealing with this issue directly for a little while now, doing intricate research to try to get to the bottom of what it is the YouTube algorithm doesn't like. What he's concluded is that YouTube seems to view Mortal Kombat violence in the same way it views depictions of real life violence.

We won't deny that MK11 looks more vividly realistic than any franchise entry yet, (holy cow, have you seen Kitana?) but Max also notes that other M-rated, violence-filled games are widely not being regulated in the same manner.

As a result, Max himself has had to alter any parts of his MK videos with filters that change the color so that the blood is no longer red. After he does this, YouTube takes no issue with his content, but it can be a painstaking process that makes for many more hours of work.

His recent video below details the situation and his findings even further, so go ahead and give it a watch for the full story. Let us know what you think on the matter in the comments once you're done.

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