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A Game Developer is Suing a Game Critic for $10 Million

Not everybody likes games critic Jim Sterling. His often-hilarious online persona ends each video he creates with the words “Thank god for me.” He’s, uh, divisive.

Sterling has come up against developers who take issue with his videos, especially when he’s critical, but none has gone as far as PC game maker Digital Homicide. That’s the studio behind the games in the video Sterling made above, and they’re also suing him for about $10 million, alleging libel and slander.

As Kotaku reports, Digital Homicide co-founder James Romine filed the suit on March 16 in Arizona District Court. The suit is looking for “$2.26 million in direct product damage; $4.3 million in emotional, reputational, and financial distress; and $5 million in punitive damage requests,” Kotaku reports, according to court documents. The studio also wants “apologies in place of every offending article and video for a period of no less than 5 years.” They also want “an apology video in the primary youtube location on [Sterling’s] channel front for a period of no less than 5 years.”

Romane said Sterling keeps covering every single game they put on Steam (of which there are a ton) and that it amounts to harassment. He also said he’s asked Sterling in public and private to ask his subscribers to leave Digital Homicide alone, and alleges Sterling fans have harassed Romane and other people at the studio. He even says he received a box of poop in the mail.

Where it gets weird(er) is that Digital Homicide is apparently representing itself in the suit and previously had tried a crowdfunding campaign to pay for legal expenses. The crowdfunding campaign was a disaster, however, and Digital Homicide cancelled it. People kept donating just enough money to incur fees for Digital Homicide, or would issue “charge backs” on their donations so Digital Homicide would have to pay fees, Romane said.

There’s a whole lot more to the case, too. Sterling has made video reviews about Digital Homicide games, and Digital Homicide has made a couple videos calling Sterling names (which it has since deleted). It’s all pretty sordid, but also pretty ridiculous, and it’s worth checking out the full story on Kotaku. Sterling hasn’t commented on the legal matters, but he did tweet yesterday that, “In unrelated news, I’m in a pretty confident mood.”

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