Wargaming contributor and YouTuber SirFochYou got threatened by Wargaming for criticizing Wargaming's World of Tanks marketing policy and game.
How it started
At first, Wargaming EU, a European division of Wargaming, promoted SirFoch, one of the most respected and famous World of Tanks YouTubers, as a community contributor as part of indirect advertising campaign. However, SirFoch often makes rant videos about Wargaming for adding unbalanced premium tanks that lack weak-spots, forcing players to use "Premium Ammo", an expensive ammunition that you can buy with high amount of in-game currency or buy it with premium currency. He often uses swear words as well.
SirFoch's rant reached its climax when he criticizing Wargaming for releasing "Chrysler K" premium tank that he stated that its armor layout is lazy, especially the machine guns port that usually known as weak-spots of many tanks that didn't included as armor layout, as well as a weak gun that "forced" players to using premium ammunition.
Wargaming later took action on SirFoch's rant by removing his contributor status of SirFoch and threatened to claim a DMCA take down unless SirFoch removed the video on his own. They also stated he would never be able to monetize his YouTube content. SirForch caved into their demands but also posted another video calling them out on it.
After Wargaming threatened on SirFoch, World of Tanks community unleashed a massive backlash on Wargaming by boycotting World of Tanks for their actions. Jim Sterling, a YouTuber who has plenty of experience with frivolous copyright claims and attempts to silence criticism, quickly got news of the incident and predictably made a video about it.
According to Jim himself, he received a massive amount of e-mails from World of Tanks fanboys asking him not to do the video. In his video, Jim also called out those fanboys and pointed out that the incident issn't about the game, rather it's about a game company abusing DMCAs to silence criticism. He also revealed that Wargaming tried to defend their actions by claiming that SirFoch's rant video was a form of defamation. Jim responded by pointing out that copyright strikes are not about bad publicity and Wargaming was openly admitting they were abusing it. Additionally if they really believed they had a defamation claim, they'd need to sue SirFoch for defamation.
Due to the massive backlash received, Wargaming was forced to retract their actions and apologized to SirFoch.