June 19, 2024

A Mortal Kombat YouTuber and modder is accusing Warner Bros of “threatening to destroy” his YouTube channel.

In a prolonged assertion on X, the social media platform previously referred to as Twitter, ToastedShoes – an Australian YouTuber with 800K subscribers and 1.7m followers on TikTok – claims he has obtained an “Mental Property Infringement Notification” straight from Warner Bros which asks him to delete “all Mortal Kombat 1 movies from [his] channel or else”.

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“This morning I obtained an IP infringement notification straight from Warner Brothers stating that the Mortal Kombat mods in my content material ‘infringe’ on their mental property rights,” Toasted mentioned. “I have been requested to delete all Mortal Kombat 1 movies from my channel or else they may situation copyright strikes and basically delete my channel in its entirety.

“For over six months, Warner Brothers have had zero points with folks modding the sport and [Ed Boon, Mortal Kombat’s creator] himself has shared numerous mod movies and clips praising them. The clips of my mods have over one billion views throughout all platforms which have allowed me to convey consideration to the sport in addition to to proceed supporting the workforce of builders I work with.

“My workforce of modders work with me on each a part-time and full-time foundation, and the income from these movies pays their wages.

“I’ve no method of contacting Warner Brothers or asking what precisely do they deem infringes on their copyright. I additionally appear to be the one content material creator that I do know of that has been despatched a stop and desist from Warner Brothers,” Toasted added, earlier than confirming that as a consequence, he has no choice apart from to “take away all movies from his channel”.

Discussing the problems along with his X followers, Toasted additional lamented the choice, saying there are clips of the mods – and subsequently the video games they’re utilized in – with 50m+ views.

“If something it will make folks need to play the sport extra would it not not?” Toasted added. “I’ve had many individuals reply saying they’re getting the sport PURELY for the mods.”

In an electronic mail to Eurogamer, ToastedShoes mentioned that he has but to “hear from Warner Bros. or NetherRealm relating to the stop and desist”, and so far as he is conscious, he is “nonetheless the one creator who has been focused”.

Warner Bros. has but to answer our request for remark however we’ll replace accordingly ought to we hear again.