Mighty No. 9 Studio Comcept Facing Fan Backlash Over Community Manager Appointment
Posted by Damien McFerran
"This is basically not what we were promised"
Mighty No. 9 creator Comcept appears to have irked some of its fans by appointing a female community manager known for her outspoken personal views on social issues.
It has been revealed in a recent update that Dina Abou Karam has taken up the position, and will be in charge of engaging with fans across social media channels and Kickstarter's own forum pages for the game, which is due to hit Wii U — as well as other platforms — in 2015.
A number of backers appear to have taken issue at Abou Karam's previous posts on the Mighty No.9 forums, as well as her stance on topics such as gender representation in video games and LGBT rights.
Backer Eric Bickerdyke is one of the unhappy individuals, and branded Abou Karam a "Social Justice Warrior" in his comment on the news:
I support Mighty No. 9 wholeheartedly, but I cannot agree with bringing in a SJW to the team. If she has any influence on the projects quality, I will be demanding a refund, regardless of whether or not it is possible to receive one.
Dina is known, and generally disliked for her incredibly biased views towards social justice in favor of women and transgendered LGBT community members, often times criticizing anything that does not fit in to this category. I want her fired. I really do, but I understand if that is too much. I do not, however, think it too much to ask she not have any impact on the game's development and design choices.
Bickerdyke's opinions appear to be shared by some of the other people who pledged cash to develop the game, such as Jay Grab:
We were told we'd have a team of veterans, instead we have someone who never played the original games, only joined because of her boyfriend, and from Update #1 has been trying to bring in politics. This is basically not what we were promised. CM is one thing but this person is claiming to be a designer now.
Mighty No.9 is the brainchild of Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune, and raised $3,845,170 in funding during its massively successful Kickstarter campaign.
Were you one of the many that pledged support? What are your feelings on this rather distasteful episode, and what does it say about the politics of Kickstarter? Should those who have pledged their cash really be entitled to have a say in how that money is used, or is this just a typical case of video game sexism? Would Abou Karam have attracted this level of negativity if she were male? Share your thoughts below.