Multi-millionaire YouTuber PewDiePie under fire for dropping n-bomb during livestream

  • Multi-millionaire YouTuber PewDiePie under fire for dropping n-bomb during livestream

Multi-millionaire YouTuber PewDiePie under fire for dropping n-bomb during livestream

YouTube's biggest star, PewDiePie, used a racial slur during a livestream today and at least one developer has said some strong words against him in response.

In the controversial stream, whilst playing Battle Royale shooter PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, he called another gamer, "a n****r".

"There is a bit of leeway you have to have with the internet when u wake up every day and make video games", Vanaman said.

Vanaman also called his team "complicit", noting that Kjellberg's Firewatch video probably made the company more money and is "something for us to think about". "He's worse than a closeted racist: he's a propagator of despicable garbage that does real damage to the culture around this industry", Vanaman wrote.

Though Vanaman also encouraged other developers to restrict Kjellberg's access to their content, the Swedish YouTube personality will likely continue making tons of money. Since then, PewDiePie's playthrough of Firewatch has since been removed from his channel, although it's unclear if it's as a result of Vanaman's actions. Doing so would not allow Kjellberg to use footage from any of Campo Santo's games now or in the future. "You are free to monetize your videos as well". Technically, video game companies can issue takedown requests for any gameplay that is posted online and companies like Nintendo have done this in the past.

A host of YouTube stars came out in support of the Swede, including friend and occasional collaborator, Ethan Klein of H3H3, who even created a video in his colleague's defence.

While a streamer could try to claim their running commentary over the game provides a "fair use" exception to the DMCA, that could be a hard argument in court.

On Twitter, some users recalled that PewDiePie has "already been a racist memelord". His stream is not commentary, it is ad growth for his brand. I'd urge other developers & will be reaching out to folks much larger than us to cut him off from the content that has made him a milionaire. First, he lost a lucrative deal with Disney over the use of anti-Semitic content and repeated references to Nazis in his videos after he paid a Sri Lanka-based group of men to hold up a sign that read "Death to All Jews" and an apparent Jesus-impersonator to say, "Hitler did absolutely nothing wrong".