Youtube have been caught red-handed deleting the dislikes on the Diablo Immortal announcement trailer, in a botched attempt to manipulate opinion in favor of mobile games. Youtube have removed more than 100,000 dislikes and many negative comments from the Diablo trailer, in an attempt at damage control for Blizzard.
Diablo Immortal, a mobile game adaptation of the hugely popular franchise was announced at Blizzcon to an angry and hostile reaction to what is Blizzard selling out its loyal fan base to the mobile game market. Some fans have even commented that Diablo Immortal looks a lot like a re-skin of the free to play mobile game Crusaders of Light. A point all the more damning when you see that Blizzard out-sourced Diablo Immortal development to a Chinese mobile game developer.
Obviously, the angry backlash and massive dislike ratio will likely deter Blizzard from any future projects involving mobile games, so you have to wonder at Youtube's motivations for manipulating the dislikes on the trailer. It's highly laughable, to say the least, to suggest that Russian bots were behind the backlash. Rather it seems to be a deliberate attempt at covering up the negative backlash in favor of mobile gaming. Whether this is simply down to a corporate cash grab or for some ideological reasons, Youtube have been caught manipulating public perception to push something that is clearly unpopular.
Is this an out of season April Fools joke?
At least one hero had the guts to stand up and call out how ridiculous this all is at Blizzcon.
NPC video game journalists shamelessly shill this train wreck regardless.
NPC and feminist video game journalists, with no self-awareness, attacked and demonized Diablo fans for their backlash against this mobile game train wreck, and shamelessly shill the massively unpopular game onto the Diablo fans who have clearly rejected it.