Last Sunday saw the eruption of one of the biggest controversies in the world of streaming and YouTube. During one of his livestreams for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, the famous YouTuber Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg used a racial slur against another player. Though Kjellberg
has apologised since then, some developers with whom he had partnerships have reacted by cutting off all ties with the Internet star.
The developer in question is Campo Santo, with studio lead Sean Vanaman declaring on Twitter that they were initiating a DMCA takedown so that Kjellberg no longer has access to their games. However, following on from this incident, fans of the Swedish celebrity have turned on the studio's game, Firewatch, and have been hitting it with negative reviews on Steam. Here are some of the comments left by players:
• "Terrible story, too short, and social justice warrior developers. Forgettable game."
• "At least one of the game devs seems to be a DMCA abusing SJW crybaby who is using copyright laws to wrongfully take down videos if the reviewer uses a word he doesn't like."
• "Some SJW dev. so yeah♥♥♥♥♥"
• "The developers seem to support censorship which I will not."
• "The fact that the creator of this game seriously went after pewdiepie is ♥♥♥♥ing pathetic. Instead of complaining, he should ♥♥♥♥ing fix his game. Worst storyline ever"
Released in 2016, Firewatch went down a treat with critics, but user reviews are now starting to turn ugly. For the moment the developers haven't reacted to this latest twist, but undoubtedly this story will rumble on.
Thanks, PC Gamer.