Those who have been following the Jim Sterling Vs. Digital Homicide feud might find it surprising that the indie studio is now attempting to take Sterling to court over his content. The contention is that the Jimquisition’s main man has conducted acts of “assault, libel, and slander” against the studio, leading Digital Homicide to file a law suit worth US$10.76million.
The whopping sum breaks down as such: $2.26million in product damages, $4.3million in emotional and reputational damages, and $5million in punitive damages.
For those unaware of the longstanding argument, it started with Jim Sterling providing negative feedback on Digital Homicide’s game The Slaughtering Grounds back in 2014, which to say the least isn’t too polished.
The guys at Digital Homicide reacted poorly to Sterling’s criticism and tried to hit his video with a DMCA takedown and personally dubbed Sterling a “leech” and accused him of not playing the game correctly. Sterling didn’t take this feedback on the chin and the two have had a back and forth ever since.
Here’s one of Sterling’s videos that sums up the meat of the issue extremely well:
Since that video Jim Sterling has gone on to target other Digital Homicide games, dubbing them as asset flips and alleging that a minimal amount of effort has gone into their production. During this whole debacle Digital Homicide have threatened to take Sterling to court, something which they delayed until now due to a lack of funds.
In this most recent bout of chest beating from Digital Homicide they attempted to crowd fund their legal fees, but had to remove the campaign as they were inundated with donations so low that were specifically targeted to cost the developer money when withdrawn.
If you have the patience you can listen to the saltiest interview ever between Jim Sterling and Digital Homicide’s developer Robert Romine from July 2015, where each party airs their grievances:
It’ll be interesting to see how this whole thing plays out. It seems that Sterling has a bulletproof defence given that the quality of Digital Homicide’s games has been fairly represented in his content, but for now all we can say is thank god for Jim Sterling.