Want to stream Rock N' Roll Racing? Blizzard suggests turning off the rock 'n roll

Blizzard Arcade Collection BlizzCon 2021
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Last week, Blizzard re-released and remastered three of its lesser-known classics as part of the Blizzard Arcade Collection. But before you go wowing Twitch with your latent Rock N' Roll Racing skills, the studio has some unfortunate news.

This weekend, community manager Adam Fletcher explained that considering the game's licensed soundtrack (which includes hits from Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and Steppenwolf) is likely to get you flagged by streaming services. If you want to avoid getting in trouble, you're gonna have to take the rock out of Rock N' Roll Racing.

In a follow-up, Fletcher confirms that even the MIDI versions of these songs are potentially unsafe for listening on stream. It's not surprising that Blizzard would urge caution, either. In the tail of of 2020, Twitch became increasingly twitchy over licensed music, leading to a number of rhythm game streamers playing their games in silence as an act of protest.

Blizzard itself stumbled into Twitch's audio crosshairs during last week's BlizzCon. Granted, there's a fun irony in the studio's Metallica session having its audio replaced with cheery chiptunes by Twitch Gaming considering the band's history of zealously pursuing copyright actions. 

But it does speak to how untenable the situation around audio streaming has become, if even major corporations are having to tread carefully around Twitch's detection systems. For the time being, unless you fancy trying to outrun copyright algorithms, you'd best keep the Rock N' Roll Racing to yourself.

Natalie Clayton
Features Producer

20 years ago, Nat played Jet Set Radio Future for the first time, and she's not stopped thinking about games since. Joining PC Gamer in 2020, she comes from three years of freelance reporting at Rock Paper Shotgun, Waypoint, VG247 and more. Embedded in the European indie scene and a part-time game developer herself, Nat is always looking for a new curiosity to scream about—whether it's the next best indie darling, or simply someone modding a Scotmid into Black Mesa. She also unofficially appears in Apex Legends under the pseudonym Horizon.