EA Has Been Given a Guinness World Record for Most Downvoted Comment on Reddit

EA has been given a Guinness World Record for the most downvoted comment in Reddit history, an event I’m sure they’d prefer the world forgot. It is for the now-infamous comment from an EA community manager responding to complaints about Star Wars Battlefront II’s lootboxes. The comment got 683,000 downvotes. That’s an amazing 600,000 more than the next highest downvote count. It is rather astonishing just how big it got. However, while people were angry with EA for their perceived greed, there was also a lot of brigading going on. Which raises the question of why this incident appeared in the most recent edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.

It was spotted by Reddit user -amsha- in the 2020 Guinness Book of World Records who then posted a picture of it on the Star Wars subreddit. In the 7 hours that the post has been on Reddit it has earned 58.3 thousand upvotes.

The award has sparked conversation and raised quite a few questions in the MMOGames office. Did the Guinness World Records actually send EA a physical award for this? If so, how angry were the higherups who opened that package? Will they be hanging it up somewhere for all to see? But the question that sparked the most debate was if this is even deserving of recognition with a Guinness World Record? The general consensus on that last one is a big no. But also the feeling that the world records generally aren’t what they used to be and that these days they feel more like an attempt to sell books than actually marking anything that’s noteworthy. What do you think? Does EA deserve to be recognized for this? Does putting it down in the book immortalize it for the rest of time? Let us know in the comments.

 

Source: PCGamer

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Hi-Rez Community Manager Arrested in Child Sex Sting

While much of the United States was sitting down to watch the Superbowl last weekend a series of arrests were being made across the Atlanta area, including the arrest of a Hi-Rez community manager. Thomas Cheung was one of 21 people arrested over a five day period in what was called Operation Interception. He has been charged with “using a computer service to seduce, solicit, lure, or entice a child to commit an illegal act.” More charges may come in the future.

The sting was part of several months of planning between various agencies who were arresting “persons who communicate with children on-line, have sexually explicit conversations, and then travel to meet them for the purpose of having sex.” This is according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

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Hi-Rez made the following statement to Variety who originally reported on the news.

“On Monday, February 4th, we learned through local news that Thomas Cheung was arrested in an operation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigations.

At this point, we know only what has been reported in the local news and by local law enforcement, and cannot comment on specifics of Mr. Cheung’s case, other than to say that, as of today, Mr. Cheung is no longer employed by Hi-Rez Studios.

As a parent, it is difficult to imagine more disturbing allegations than those laid out in the news reports. We commend the efforts of the Georgia Bureau of Investigations and other law enforcement to protect our state’s children and to send a strong message that the behavior targeted in their Operation Interception will not be tolerated in Georgia.”

He worked for Hi-Rez as a community manager on both Smite and Paladins for almost a year. He was also a Twitch Partner but since his arrest, his page has been suspended.

We will be following this story for any updates.

 

Source: Variety

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ArcheAge Community Manager Replaced After Racist Comment

Just a few weeks after Trion was bought by Gamigo the ArcheAge community manager has been replaced after a racist comment on Discord. The community manager at the center of these events was Chemy, the German language community manager for the game. The incident took place over the weekend on an unofficial Discord where Chemy was responding to being called a dumb…N-word. In response, they responded and also used the word.

Gamigo responded quickly to the event taking place and on Monday posted to the official forums that Chemy is no longer a community manager for ArcheAge. Bonny, the Lead Community Manager stated that while Gamigo does want to be close to their players and approachable what happened over the weekend was unacceptable and that she should have “exercised restraint, professionalism, and intelligence.” Bonny then apologized on behalf of the community team and Gamigo, adding that she hopes the fans can forgive this first bad impression.

There has been no word yet on who will replace Chemy as the German community manager. Here’s Gamigo’s response to the situation in full.

 

Message from the Community Team

Dear ArcheAge players,

I would like to address what happened this weekend on Discord to you all. I have read your reactions in the forum. They are legitimate and understandable. I would like to tell you how we see things on our side.

We at gamigo want to be close to our players, we want to be approachable, here for you, and listen to you.

However, what happened this weekend was unacceptable. Chemy wanted to let you express your frustration and get to know you. Bonding is one thing, but we all agree that the CM should have exercised restraint, professionalism, and intelligence. It was never our intention to cause anyone distress.

We guarantee that her behavior is not representative of our company values nor of the quality of service we want to provide. Therefore, we took the necessary measures internally and Chemy is no longer CM for ArcheAge.

On behalf of the whole Community Team and gamigo, I sincerely apologize.

I hope you can forgive us this first bad impression.

Best regards,
Bonny
Lead Community Manager

 

Source: Official Forums

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