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Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

San Francisco Gamemaker Acts Against Pewdiepie After N-Word Outburst

San Francisco Gamemaker Acts Against Pewdiepie After N-Word Outburst

The racially charged slur was used by PewDiePie, real name Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, as he played the game in which players have to scavenge and kill in order to survive.

Pewdiepie, real name Felix Kjellberg, was the subject of global news when he was dropped from Disney's MCN earlier in 2017 following accusations of anti-Semitism. "Fuck. Sorry, but what the fuck. What a fucking asshole".

"I am sick of this child getting more and more chances to make money off of what we make", Vanaman wrote on Twitter.

Previously, Kjellberg uploaded a full playthrough of Firewatch that has been viewed 5.7 million times on YouTube, and in the description for that 2016 video, he calls it "a wonderful story driven game". But what's not reasonable and also not allowed under the law is to abuse the DMCA to take down content, just because you don't like how someone's using it. PewDiePie's videos are nearly certainly fair use. The video is no longer available on YouTube.

For those wondering about the legality of Campo Santo's DMCA plans, according to lawyer Ryan Morrison, the studio is within its legal rights to issue takedown requests against Let's Play content. The famous YouTuber and gaming personality dropped the N-Word during a stream earlier today.

"What a f--g n--!"

He added: "I'd urge other developers and will be reaching out to folks much larger than us to cut him off from the content that has made him a milionaire".

Now, amid discussion following the September 10 livestream, one game studio called for the removal of PewDiePie's positive video about its game.

Kjellberg himself has yet to comment on the incident or Campo Santo's response, while the video featuring the slur has since been pulled.

At least one indie developer is using this moment to take a hardline stance against PewDiePie. Developers draw the line in different places: some might ask players not to capture footage past a certain point in a game, or dislike when players upload full playthroughs of a title. He also made it clear that they have nothing against streamers: "I love streamers". To back up his point, he said Campo Santo sent out more than 3,000 keys for Firewatch to both professional and amateur streamers, and that he watches streamers every day.

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