Garry’s Incident Dev “Apologizes” for Taking Down Video Review
Dark Matter’s non-ending wasn’t the only scandal hitting the indie games scene in the past few days, as the developer behind Day One: Garry’s Incident hit TotalBiscuit’s review of the game on YouTube with a copyright violation last week.
Wild Games Studio’s CEO said last week the reason for the takedown was that “We protected our copyright because Total Biscuit has no right to make advertising revenues with our license.” Nevermind that fair use generally protects commentary such as what TotalBiscuit was providing, TB said that Wild Games had given them access to the game via Steam for the purpose of making the video.
Today, Wild Games acknowledged that last fact, and sort of apologized for the kerfuffle. Here is the statement, given to Kotaku:
We sent TotalBiscuit a Steam key on September 26th, giving him permission to evaluate Day One: Garry’s Incident.
Monetizing wasn’t mentioned in our communications and it was an error on our part to not have clarified the issue.
It was for that particular fact that Wild Games Studio had asked the video’s removal.
After the video was made unavailable, we have taken seriously the reaction from the community concerning freedom of expression.
We strongly believe in the freedom of expression of people and medias and have removed our copyright claim.
Wild Games Studio didn’t intend on preventing anyone from using their right to freedom of expression.
For this reason, Wild Games Studio sincerely apologizes to TotalBiscuit and anyone who felt that their freedom of speech was denied.
Essentially, he’s saying that he retroactively forgot to tell TB not to monetize the video. In any case, the video is back up if you want to watch TB say all sorts of mean things about it.
As is often the case, such a controversy came with claims that the developer was self-promoting in the Metacritic user reviews section.