TotalBiscuit, a YouTube gaming critic, is one of the most popular “personalities” on the service. So when he says a game is rubbish, people notice. So when the company behind that game tries to get his criticism taken offline, more people notice.
Over the weekend, he posted a look at a game called Day One: Garry’s Incident. Claiming (and supporting with apparent screengrabs) that he’d been sent the game by its developers specifically for review, he called it, among other things, “horrendous”.
Shortly afterwards, Wild Games Studio issued a takedown notice to TotalBiscuit forcing the removal of his critique, their CEO “Stephane” posting on the Steam forums that “We protected our copyright because Total Biscuit has no right to make advertising revenues with our licence.”
Note that other videos of the game – some even containing equally negative commentary – were never removed from YouTube, nor was our own video look at the game. Understandable, since “Stephane” had previously given the company’s blessing to people making YouTube videos of their game.
TotalBiscuit later posted on Reddit that his YouTube channel providers will be pursuing the matter legally on Monday, and summed up his side of the story with “Long story short. Dev sends code, code used to make critique, dev dislikes critique, dev abuses system to censor critique.”
They might not bother now. We contacted Wild Games for comment, and were told by “Stephane” that, “after seeing all the negative impact today we decided to withdraw our complaint to YouTube.”
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