I think this is perhaps the result of Fifty Shades of Grey being a huge money maker for them, trying to see who else they can get in the pipe and see if they can find another runaway hit in the fanfic world.
Considering the limitations placed on the fic that can be written (lol, no pornography?), I don't think that this will ever replace our existing slash/het/gen fanfic infrastructure. We're a place that thrives on our own perversity. I don't see how that will ever be fully in line with corporate interests. Our lack of restrictions is what makes fanfic so great, free to let our ids fly where they may.
But hey, I could be wrong, and some significant portion of fanfic could be taken over by the corporate interests we seek to protect ourselves against. Who knows?
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