Jim Sterling, a gaming critic based on Youtube, has found himself immersed in a lawsuit to the tune of $10 million dollars. Digital Homicide, a small indie developer, is gearing up for the big fight; accusing Sterling of harassment and libel citing “continued coverage and harassment of every single title we have ever posted.”
Gamnesia noted Sterling’s problems with Digital Homicide began in November of 2014 when Sterling claimed that Digital Homicide created “the new ‘worst game of 2014’ contender.” After the review and a rowdy back and forth exchange of criticisms, Jim’s review was taken down through a false DMCA notice. Jim Sterling and Digital Homicide’s Robert Romine would eventually discuss, through Skype, their issues to resolve their conflicts. Or so it seemed.
Although Sterling maintained that his arguments were valid criticisms of the game, Romine considered them an unfounded attack. Eight months after the DMCA, Digital Homicide has now filed a lawsuit in the Arizona Docket discussing the accusations by Sterling of the company’s lifting of art assets from DeviantArt, a number of statements made by Sterling regarding Digital Homicide’s use of another developer’s name to publish its games, and numerous references to Digital Homicide and the Wet Bandits from Home Alone. He also compared the Romine brothers to the mafia. In addition to monetary damages, the lawsuit is asking for apologies to be placed in front of all of Sterling’s articles and videos regarding Digital Homicide for at least five years. Furthermore, Digital Homicide wants Sterling to create an apology video to display on the front of his YouTube account for no less than five years.
As stated on Digital Homicide’s website:
“The individual being sued uses his youtube channel, twitter channel, and other media outlets in a combined traffic driving effort to profit from subscription and ad revenue. The result of his videos and articles is the direction of traffic directly to the content shown in those videos store pages where havoc and destruction ensues. Within a matter of days hundreds of posts of negativity can be seen annhilating[sic] the marketability of the product leaving the developer who may have spent months and years on that particular game. We survived initial onslaughts of these attacks barely and were just about to break through when the false statements obliterated us, decreasing our income to 1/10th normal and destroying 2x and 3x consequetive quartly[sic] increases.”
Jim Romine’s gofundme campaign to fund his legal efforts currently stands at $190 dollars as of this writing.