With the move to Unreal Engine 4, Street Fighter V has become pretty open to a broad variety of aesthetic costume mods for its characters. While its predecessor also had a healthy amount of mods, the scene has really blown up with Street Fighter V, with a number of artists making names for themselves for their custom costumes.
However, this growth hasn’t come without controversy. A few of these modders and artists have started finding ways to monetize their mods, either via commissions, or as rewards on Patreon. This has caused a some backlash among some members of the community, and it seems that Capcom has taken notice.
Capcom has apparently sent DMCA notices to the Patreons of certain modders. Specifically, the DMCAs have targeted artists Brutal Ace and Khaledantar666. We’ve featured mods from these creators before, such as this Zero Suit Samus costume for Cammy, from the latter (after it became available to download for free). In addition to these, both have been known for making rather risque costumes and mods for the game.
While the Patreon pages of both have now been taken down, both were known for charging for their mods. Khaledantat666 charged up to $30 to $50 for his mods, the latter pledge level letting anyone who pledge that amount to ask for anything they wanted, according to iSports Times. Meanwhile, Brutal Ace would usually make his costumes exclusive to patrons for a week before releasing them to the public.
Speaking with Kotaku’s Compete blog, Brutal Ace blames the actions on “the ruckus on Reddit.” He further clarifies that “It wasn’t my intention to keep Patreon hidden from Capcom, because I still think that Capcom supports PC modding even if indirectly, but the reason why I got targeted is because of the fuss over Reddit.”
As a result of this, he will be taking a break from modding and the “toxic community” for awhile. However he eventually plans to continue modding the game — and sharing his mods for free — once he returns.
Khaledantar666 on the other hand posted a message on his DeviantArt page stating that he continues to create mods as if nothing happened.
Paid mods for any game have always been a controversial subject. Valve famously failed at trying to implement a paid mods system with Bethesda’s Skyrim back in 2015. A move that, in Valve CEO Gabe Newell’s own words, ended up “pissing off the internet.”