That's an older apology from this weekend. After Jingles and the others said they were stepping away they came out with yet another one where finally it seems everyone may actually have talked with one another and come out with a coherent message. It's even up on the front page of their website.
Statement on SirFoch Incident an hour ago
We have further reviewed the incident of last Friday involving SirFoch and his “Chrysler K GF rant” video, and know we could have handled the situation a lot better. We strongly support our players’, including our Community Contributors’, right to speak critically about us and our games. We acted too quickly and over the line when we threatened to have YouTube remove SirFoch’s video through a copyright infringement complaint and we are apologizing for that.
We’re committed to doing a better job on this front. We’re going to improve the way we communicate with our Community and our Community Contributors, and as part of that effort we will work with them on more detailed, specific guidelines to help ensure incidents like this don’t happen again.
Our official position is that Wargaming will not take copyright action against opinions based on our publicly released content.
Over the weekend we released a statement to some media outlets regarding the content of SirFoch’s video that inferred that SirFoch’s videos contained hate speech and homophobia. While we would obviously not want such content to be associated with any of our games – this video clearly did not. We apologize for this statement, and we don't stand behind those claims.
We love our players and our contributors – and we appreciate their honesty and commitment – we are committed to using this incident to grow and improve.
There are four names 'signed' at the bottom of it (for some reason they're not copying correctly) - Thayne Lyman (Product Director World of Tanks), Markus Schill (General Manager Europe), Jay Cohen (General Manager North America), Anton Pankov (World of Tanks Publishing Director)
So... it only took apology number 3 or 4 (I've lost track) and a bunch of high profile streamers/CCers walking away for them to finally get it right. How bloody pathetic, WG.
I'm curious what mouthbreather in the NA office put out that statement to the press and these streamers and even more curious if he or she still has a job (rooting for kicked to the curb).
Interestingly enough some good, as far as health of the game, may come out of this. The underlying issue which started all of this (because snowflakes are too distracted by the word 'fuck' to notice what was actually being said in Foch's video) is the shift of WoT to a P2W joke with ever increasingly powerful tier 8 premiums. In the forum thread (EU) for the above announcement the following was stated by WG:
We will provide answers regarding the questions surrounding World of Tanks becoming P2W and the Premium T8 situation during the Grand Finals. We will make sure that the communication is properly distributed and we're working on an open Q&A for those who won't be joining the Grand Finals.
Let's see what comes of this.
Edited by Skywalkre, 23 May 2017 - 1239 PM.