Guinness Removes Billy Mitchell’s World Records After Twin Galaxies’ Decision
The "King of Kong" Billy Mitchell is now stripped of all Guinness World Records after Twin Galaxies determined scores were obtained illegitimately.
According to a report from Kotaku, Billy Mitchell will be stripped of his record-setting scores from the Guinness World Records.
After a dispute was made questioning the validity of the prolific player’s Donkey Kong high score of 1,062,800 as well as a few others, Twin Galaxies determined that the scores were not obtained on original arcade hardware — specifically, an emulator known as MAME — therefore illegitimate. As such, his scores have been removed from the leaderboards. All of this means that Steve Wiebe is now considered the first person to hit a million points in Donkey Kong.
Additionally, Mitchell is banned from participating in the competitive leaderboards. In the official statement from Twin Galaxies, it stated that they had notified the Guinness World Records.
For those who may be unaware of who Billy Mitchell is, he is perhaps the most prolific arcade game player who had held multiple records for Pac-Man, Donkey Kong Jr., and more until they had been deemed falsified. His most notable, the “King of Kong” tape, is one of the scores that were achieved using the emulation software.