PewDiePie fans have responded to Firewatch’s decision to band the YouTuber from sharing play-throughs to YouTube by plaguing the game with negative reviews.
On 11th September, PewDiePie came under fire after footage of him saying the N-word during a livestream gaming session appeared online. The controversial YouTuber – who has previously been accused of anti-semitism – apologised a day later, saying “it seems like I’ve learned nothing from all these past controversies.”
The incident led the developer behind Firewatch – a game that PewDiePie uses for playthroughs on YouTube – to file a DMCA takedown of his Firewatch content.
“He’s worse than a closeted racist: he’s a propagator of despicable garbage that does real damage to the culture around this [gaming] industry,” developer Sean Vanaman said.
But PewDiePie fans have decided to hit back at Firewatch
A number of people have engaged in what’s known as “review-bombing” – purposefully inundating a game with negative reviews to drag down it’s overall positivity score. As the SteamSpy chart below shows, the game was plagued with negative reviews on gaming site Steam around the time that Firewatch filed the DMCA complaint.
A number of reviews left on Steam reference the DMCA takedown incident explicitly. One reads: “Can’t recommend this game when the developers behind it have decided to abuse DMCA Copyright takedowns against popular YouTuber PewDiePie. Don’t give them the money to leverage a false case against the gaming community.”
PewDiePie has since spoken out against fans who are review-bombing the game.
Abusing DMCA is wrong, but so is review bombing,” he tweeted. “I’m not condoning the Firewatch reviews.”
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