Kyle Rittenhouse announces video game to fund media defamation suits

Kyle Rittenhouse, who shot and killed two people and injured a third during a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 2020, announced plans Thursday to release a video game, the proceeds of which will fund libel lawsuits against the media. In the game, players control Rittenhouse, who, equipped with a cartoonish orange gun, shoots turkeys labeled “fake news” and “MSDNC”.

“The media is nothing but a bunch of turkeys with nothing better to do than push their lying agenda and destroy the lives of innocent people,” Rittenhouse said. in a trailer for the game.

The game “Kyle Rittenhouse’s Turkey Shoot” is currently not available. On its website, users can pre-order the title for $9.99. The site doesn’t say when the game will be released, but it does note that the game will “help Kyle’s legal defense against fake news.”

“Kyle Rittenhouse is raising money to sue left-leaning media organizations for defamation and now you can help,” reads a module on the pre-order website. At the bottom of the page, developer Mint Studios promises to never “deplatform” legal content.

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Late last year, after facing five felony charges including homicide and being acquitted on all counts, Rittenhouse suggested he would take legal action against the media for their coverage of his trial. “There will be some media liability soon,” he told Fox News in December 2021. Since then, Rittenhouse has not named any media outlets he intends to sue, although he has suggested in an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson that he might take legal action against TV personality Whoopi Goldberg and political commentator Cenk Uygur.

Rittenhouse was acquitted on all counts on Nov. 19, 2021, after a polarizing trial that sparked a national debate about gun rights, self-defense and race. Rittenhouse said he arrived in Kenosha to protect local businesses following unrest and protests following the shooting of a black man, Jacob Blake, by a white police officer.

The video game industry has increasingly become a culture war battleground over the past decade. With the industry showing greater interest in organizing, it has become a focal point for organizing the tech industry. Debates over pervasive sexism and racism have torn the industry apart, especially in light of historic workplace harassment and discrimination lawsuits filed against some of the biggest gaming companies. Geopolitical conflicts have also played out in esports, as the war in Ukraine has prompted teams and space stakeholders to cut ties with Russian companies and organizations. Some commentators have also attributed the rise of Donald Trump to the GamerGate movement.

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