Anthem Reviewer Blacklisted by EA After Giving Negative Feedback

Anthem Reviewer Blacklisted by EA After Giving Negative Feedback

YouTuber Gggmanlives has accused EA of taking down his Anthem review because they weren't happy about his negative feedback on the title and to add insult to injury, he states that the games company have also blacklisted him

We are told from a young age that honesty is the best policy, so we take those words of wisdom through us in life – applying them to the best of our ability. That’s what Australian YouTuber Gggmanlives was probably thinking when he was asked by EA to review their newest title, Anthem.

Like a lot of other reviews out there, Gggmanlives highlighted faults with the title – pointing out things that include technical issues, sound problems, characters just appearing seemingly out of nowhere and so on, but the only difference is that this specific YouTube reviewer was sponsored by EA and was also paid as part of the Game Changers initiative, which sheds a strange light on this situation due to reports by Gggmanlives that he was blacklisted by EA after his review had been taken down and also asked to remove the EA watermarks.

The confusing part of this entire fiasco is that Gggmanlives was sponsored by EA’s community partnership program called Game Changers where they pride themselves on honesty being one of the most important parts of the program. Lee Williams who is Game Changers community manager has responded to the messy issue insisting that Gggmanlives hasn’t been blacklisted, that the video was taken down due to “conditions on disclosure on sponsored weren’t met”.

In a conversation in private via Twitter, Deputy Editor at VG247 Kirk McKeand reached out personally to Gggmanlives for some further information, to which he got a reply stating:

“I basically wasn’t allowed to say anything negative about the game if I also had the watermark in because the watermark means EA endorses it and shares it through the Game Changers network or something. I really don’t know what it all means. I was just told it was to be pulled down and was basically a breach of contract or something along those lines.”

Thankfully, the Anthem review has since been reinstated and it’s now available to watch – but this time without the EA watermarks.

This doesn’t seem to be a good look from EA’s point of view, but without the complete story it’s hard to comment further on – from the surface of it only and in my opinion, it pushes a lot of questions around the whole “paying” a reviewer to play and give feedback on a specific game in the first place, even if it is through a “sponsored program”.

Anthem is available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One