In this week’s TPoI, gaming YouTuber PewDiePie is criticized for using racial slur on stream, Telltale Games appoints a new CEO, and the gaming community comes together to raise money for disaster relief across the U.S.
Gaming YouTuber PewDiePie Called Out After Saying Racial Slur
During a livestream last weekend, YouTuber Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg used a racial slur towards another player. The gaming community responded to the incident negatively. Sites like Polygon, Waypoint, and Gamesindustry.Biz reported that Kjellberg’s use of the word was unacceptable and hurt the gaming and gaming YouTuber community as a whole. This isn’t the first time Kjellberg has dealt with race-related controversy, as he received similar backlash for a video in which he hired two Indian men to hold up signs with anti-semitic phrases on them. While the YouTuber did apologize for his previous actions, it seems that he has had trouble changing his behavior, as Metro reports that Kjellberg almost said the same slur on stream two days after posting his apology video.
Telltale Games Appoints New CEO
Telltale Games announced on Monday the hiring of Pete Hawley as the company’s new chief executive officer. Gamesindustry.biz reports that Hawley, who previously worked at Zynga, Red Robot Labs, Electronic Arts, and Sony, has many years of experience and received a vote of confidence from Telltale chairman of the board, John Riccitiello. VentureBeat states that Hawley will be replacing Dan Connors, who cofounded the company in 2004. Variety reports that Telltale Games is currently developing games based off of Minecraft, DC Comics’ Batman, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and Vertigo’s Fables.
Final Fantasy XIV Charity March Raise Over $21,000 for Hurricane Relief
Players of the MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV participated in a 12 hour livestream event last weekend to raise money for those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. PCGamesN reports that the event, called Lalafell Invasion for Hurricane Relief, had an original goal of $1,000 which was quickly blown past as the livestream went on. GamesIndustry.biz reports that the event included a trivia contest and in-game after party with rewards for players that participated and donated. Other gaming communities also donated for hurricane relief, with PC Gamer reporting that the speedrunning charity event, Games Done Quick, held a charity livestream which raised over $227,000.