After the events surrounding PewDiePie’s racial outburst on stream, Firewatch developer Campo Santo issued a DMCA to remove PewDiePie’s Firewatch videos.
We're filing a DMCA takedown of PewDiePie's Firewatch content and any future Campo Santo games.
— Sean Vanaman (@vanaman) September 10, 2017
Since this point, the Firewatch Steam page has received many negative reviews in response. The game’s overall User Reviews mark it as “Very Positive”, however, new reviews have taken it down to “Mixed”.
The negative reviews appear to be in response to the DMCA takedown over PewDiePie:
- “Indie dev lets 1 month of indie fame get to his head and acts like he’s responsible for Pewdiepies revenue and the only thing he has to show for it is a 3 hour long walking simulator with barely passable narrative.”
- “The ending was boring.P.S. Developers use DMCA to block youtubers they don’t like. I don’t support censorship.”
- “A game from a developer who thinks it’s ok to use the DMCA to selectively shut down streamers they don’t approve of. Using the N-word is wrong. PewDiePie is an overrated unfunny streamer.But using the DMCA as a weapon against streamers is going waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay beyond that.
- Steam review-bombing gets results which is why I’m leaving this here. It worked for Skyrim and Paid mods. Review will likely be changed to a positive one upon a formal apology by Campo Santo and a statement confirming they will not use the DMCA in future as a way to shut down people simply streaming their games.”
- “Great game, but the developers are currently DMCAing all videos on youtube showing their content. . . .pretty petty imo . . . I just can’t support this petty♥♥♥♥♥♥. .”
- “♥♥♥♥ this dev. DMCA is here to stop piracy. Not to stop you from being triggered.”
- “Nice visuals, a bland story and a dev who fights bad words with DMCAs…
You decide, but I’d take my money elsewhere!”
- “SJW devs”