After Electronic Arts, and before that Microsoft, came under fire in the last few weeks over paying YouTube producer to allegedly create videos that only showed their products in a positive, one user is stepping forward to defend the campaigns, according to a report today from VG 24/7.
Battlefield YouTube personality LevelCapGaming, in a post to Reddit, said he wouldn’t apologies for taking part in EA’s Ronku campaigns, and that all of his opinions in videos featuring Battlefield were genuine and not forced by the publisher.
“Most of the recent articles I have read regarding this subject talks about EA buying positive reviews and asking us to lie to our fan base about the state of Battlefield 4,” he said. “Nothing could be further from the truth …”
Further in the post he said that at no time he was asked to lie or falsify his opinions of the game, and that EA knows it would be improper to do so.
“… EA never asks us to misinform people by only saying positive things about the game,” he said.
After it was revealed that Microsoft had offered money to YouTube users to allegedly create positive posts about the Xbox One –– you can read that Examiner report by clicking here –– EA confirmed the Ronku campaign.
A statement from EA, however, insisted that all participants in the program were required to comply with FTC guidelines, including disclosing if they had received any compensation for the videos. You can read that full Examiner report by clicking here.
LevelCapGaming said that he didn’t feel the need to disclose that he was being paid by EA because he was expressing his genuine opinions.
“I don’t feel like I’ve cheated anyone or falsely influenced anyone into purchasing Battlefield or any other game,” he said. “And while I cannot speak for all my fellow YouTubers, I know that those with whom I work on a regular basis feel the same way.”