YouTuber Blacklisted For Negative Anthem Review, EA Denies Allegation
Video Not Meeting Its Disclosure Guideline - EA
EA Game Changers is a community partnership program that brings content creators and pro players together into game development process offering them to give early feedback for game improvements. A Youtuber with twitter handle @Ggdograa was also a participant who was sponsored for Anthem Review under the community partnership program just fell into hot waters with this review. It is hard to imagine what strike him or whether he was honest he came out with a Negative Anthem Review.
The game is already tumbling due to its recent performance from VIP Demo to Open to final launch and critics also are pouring enough oil to the fire to affect the overall goodwill of this brand new Bioware’s IP. Above all ups and down Anthem is loved more than Destiny 2, and players are mesmerized by the amazing alien world and performing impossible stunts in their futuristic Javelin suits.
I finally managed to get my #AnthemGame video done and sadly I don't have many positive things to say about it. I hope they can fix game this over time by listening to player feedback, but right now it's a hard sell. And it's a damn shame. https://t.co/GDGWKTIpZY
— Gggmanlives (@Ggdograa) February 21, 2019
The youtuber’s video review consists of hardly any positive point and shortcoming of Anthem can make the game hard to sell in market if the game developers does not fixes issue by listening to players feedback. Later after sharing his video the same day he got blacklisted by EA he replied to his twitter status.
I'm blacklisted by EA now and had to delete it.
— Gggmanlives (@Ggdograa) February 22, 2019
Variety.com tried talking to EA about the matter, the game company shared a statement with the media where it denied the take down request based on negative review. EA said it is a response to disclosure guidelines, the Youtuber’s video does not meet the conditions and that the reason cause blacklisting.
Our GameChangers program is not designed to pay for review content. We don’t believe in that. In this case, the conditions for disclosure for this specific video were not met – which is something we adhere very strictly to – so we asked for it to be taken down and corrected. We’ve not asked for the content of the video to be changed, or ‘blacklisted’ the creator. Our full disclosure rules can be found here: https://www.ea.com/game-changers/disclosure.
As per the source after uploading the video, the Youtuber was asked to take it down and upload without EA Watermark. But after re-uploading he said EA does not allowed him to say anything negative. Lee Williams who is EA’s international community manager said the video take down was not related to the content.
The reality behind the Youtuber’s take down is not so clear, EA on its side had clarified through tweets that it is not due to the content while the Youtuber is agitated with the action.