Kyle Rittenhouse Announces Video Game to Fund Media Libel Lawsuits

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Kyle Rittenhouse, who shot dead two people and injured a third at a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 2020, announced Thursday plans to release a video game with proceeds to fund defamation lawsuits against the media. In the game, players control Rittenhouse, who, armed 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 advance their mendacious agenda and destroy the lives of innocent people,” says Rittenhouse in a trailer For the game.

The Kyle Rittenhouse’s Turkey Shoot Game is currently unavailable. Its website allows users to pre-order the title for $9.99. The site doesn’t say when the game will be released, but notes that the game “will aid Kyle’s legal defense against the fake news.”

“Kyle Rittenhouse is raising funds to sue left-wing 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 never to “deplat” legal content.

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Late last year, Rittenhouse suggested he would take legal action against the media for their coverage of his trial after facing five felony charges, including manslaughter and acquittal on all counts. “There’s going to be media accountability soon,” he told Fox News in December 2021. Since then, Rittenhouse hasn’t named any media outlets he plans to sue, although he did hint in an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson that he could do legal ones Take action against TV personality Whoopi Goldberg and political commentator Cenk Uygur.

Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges on November 19, 2021 after a polarizing trial that sparked a national debate over gun rights, self-defense and race. Rittenhouse said he came to Kenosha to protect local businesses following riots 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. As industry shows a greater interest in unionizing, it has become a focal point for organizing in the tech industry. Debates over pervasive sexism and racism have rocked the industry, particularly in the face of landmark workplace harassment and discrimination lawsuits filed against some of the largest companies in the gaming space. Geopolitical conflicts have also played out in esports, as the war in Ukraine prompted space teams and advocacy groups to sever ties with Russian companies and organizations. Some commentators have also attributed the rise of Donald Trump to the GamerGate movement.

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