Monday, November 29th, 2021

Former King of Kong Billy Mitchell finally brings Twin Galaxy to court

image: Billy Mitchell

Billy Mitchell can be blamed for many things, but his life is not safe. One of the earliest pioneers in the world of high-scoring video games, Mitchell set Namco’s “perfect” score at 3,333,360 points. Pac-Man He holds other records in his 10-year career, but that’s his relationship with Nintendo. Donkey Kong – And his role in the 2007 documentary King of Kong – It gave him lasting fame.

However, in recent years many of Mitchell’s scores have been questioned. The accusation is that Mitchell recorded many of his best efforts using MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) instead of the original arcade hardware. This is what Mitchell denies. This claim was taken so seriously that in 2018 the Guinness World Records stripped Mitchell’s record alongside the famous high-score leaderboard Twin Galaxy. But last year, Guinness revived Mitchell’s score, but Twin Galaxies did not.

As a result, Mitchell responded by filing a lawsuit against the organization and filing an anti- “strategic lawsuit against public participation” (SLAPP). This is the mechanism used to prevent frivolous proceedings from being brought to court (thanks for the explanation, Stephen Totiro).

However, the motion was dismissed by the California Second Court of Appeals. This means that Mitchell and his legal team can proceed with the proceedings against the Twin Galaxy as planned.

Here’s a statement from Mitchell’s PR team:

We are pleased to confirm the court’s denial of the Twin Galaxies anti-SLAPP movement. It is worth noting that the Court of Appeals found that Twin Galaxies had sufficient evidence to support the finding that it had accused Mr. Mitchell of misconduct. “We interpreted Twin Galaxies’ remarks as media, and Mitchell did. He accused Mitchell of cheating to achieve a world record score.” The Court of Appeals did not. Also note that the allegations of fraud were actually malicious, citing evidence that Twin Galaxies had ignored the abundant evidence that validated the score, finding sufficient evidence to support the finding. Deserves. It probably relied on suspicious evidence from biased sources. We are excited to bring the case back to the Trial Court, where the jury can fully prove Mr. Mitchell.