Jontron’s antics in recent weeks have raised more than a few eyebrows across the gaming industry. His right-leaning opinions seemingly run at odds with many of his fans, who view his extreme opinions as harmful. Despite posting a video to Youtube in an attempt to control the issue, Playtonic have made the decision to remove Jontron entirely from their upcoming Yooka-Laylee video game.
The announcement came via GameIndustry.biz – which told the outlet;
“We recently became aware of comments made by voice artist JonTron after development on Yooka-Laylee had been completed,”
“JonTron is a talented video presenter who we were initially, two years ago, happy to include as a voice contributor in our game,” they said. “However, in light of his recent personal viewpoints we have made the decision to remove JonTron’s inclusion in the game via a forthcoming content update.”
“We would like to make absolutely clear that we do not endorse or support JonTron’s personal viewpoints and that, as an external fan contributor, he does not represent Playtonic in any capacity,” they added. “Playtonic is a studio that celebrates diversity in all forms and strives to make games that everyone can enjoy. As such, we deeply regret any implied association that could make players feel anything but 100% comfortable in our game worlds, or distract from the incredible goodwill and love shown by our fans and Kickstarter backers.”
Jontron reportedly had a small voice acting role in the title, giving noises to some background creatures. His parts will be removed via a content update once the game releases.
Personally I’m not surprised by this. Jontron’s views have no place in the video game industry, in particular when so many of his fans are in the category that he was lamenting. Playtonic had no other action available to them, with fans asking the company all day on social media what their opinion on the matter was.
What do you think? Was it right of Playtonic to remove Jontron from Yooka-Laylee?