Warner Bros respond to claims that they’re profiting over Shadow of War’s deceased producer DLC

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There’s a month left on the calendar before I get my horrifically tiny hands on a game that I’ve been dying to play: Shadow of War. More Orcs, more Middle Earth shenanigans and I hope at least one instance of the player being prompted to press X to beat the rotten fish out of Gollum. Shadow of War is looking fine, but its recent reveal of purchasable DLC has managed to get under the skin of people.

Originally intended to honour the memory of the late Michael Forgey after he passed away due to cancer last year, the DLC character of Forthog Orcslayer is intended to be a Hail Mary character who appears at the last second to save players from tasting Uruk steel. At $5 for a purchase, Warner Bros. Interactive says that each sale will result in $3.50 going towards the family of Forgey.

That’s where people took issue, as the fine print revealed that the proceeds were only from North American sales and only for 44 US states at that. What of the other six states? What about international sales? Where is all that money going? People quickly raised a stink, claiming that Warner Bros. Interactive was profiting off of the memory of a deceased person.

Where is all that money going then? According to Warner Bros. Interactive, it certainly isn’t going to them. Here’s the official light response from the publisher regarding the matter:

Neither WBIE nor Monolith will profit from any sales of the Forthog Orc-Slayer DLC regardless of the territory in which that DLC is sold.

It’s a response, but it’s not a much of a response either, offering vague wording with nothing to back it up. Look, it’s a messy issue. You’ve got to factor in the utter nightmare of American bureaucracy with these sales that are meant for a charitable cause, as well as the likes of Sony and Microsoft taking a cut of the sales for hosting it on their platforms. I think there’s far more to this than meets the eye.

What should have been a touching gesture that would have seen an industry legend remembered while providing for his family, has degenerated into an absolute mess that has the best and the worst of the internet screaming into the void. A shame really, when the idea behind this DLC was so noble to begin with.

Last Updated: September 7, 2017

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