World of Tanks Releases Statement Apologizing For YouTube Censorship Issue
Last week, YouTuber SirFoch, released a video criticizing World of Tanks and Wargaming for their $80 pay-to-win Chrysler K GF premium tank. Wargaming responded by kicking SirFoch out of their promotional program and demanded that the video be taken down because it was, as Wargaming representative Ph3lan put it, slandering their brand. The studio further threatened to lodge copyright complaints against the video in question, including all of the YouTuber’s future Wargaming content if the video wasn’t removed.
Wargaming released a statement over the weekend explaining their actions and accusing SirFoch of “hate speech and homophobic slurs”. But just earlier today, Wargaming has retracted their previous statement and released a new one, signed by no less than the studio's top brass, apologizing for their actions and the way they handled the issue.
“We have further reviewed the incident of last Friday involving SirFoch and his “Chrysler K GF rant” video, and know we could have handled the situation a lot better. We strongly support our players’, including our Community Contributors’, right to speak critically about us and our games. We acted too quickly and over the line when we threatened to have YouTube remove SirFoch’s video through a copyright infringement complaint and we are apologizing for that.
We’re committed to doing a better job on this front. We’re going to improve the way we communicate with our Community and our Community Contributors, and as part of that effort we will work with them on more detailed, specific guidelines to help ensure incidents like this don’t happen again.
Our official position is that Wargaming will not take copyright action against opinions based on our publicly released content.
Over the weekend we released a statement to some media outlets regarding the content of SirFoch’s video that inferred that SirFoch’s videos contained hate speech and homophobia. While we would obviously not want such content to be associated with any of our games – this video clearly did not. We apologize for this statement, and we don't stand behind those claims.
We love our players and our contributors – and we appreciate their honesty and commitment – we are committed to using this incident to grow and improve.”
You can watch the video in question after the jump. Keep in mind though that the video may contain NSFW remarks. You can also check out the World of Tanks official forums for more details.