Digital Extremes, the developer and publisher behind the third-person action shooter Warframe, has rescinded the Warframe Partner Program eligibility of longtime community member DogManDan, citing the now-former partner’s views on the current protests and riots occurring across the United States in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

Best known as the founder of the cross-title gaming community Night Owls Gaming, DogManDan is a long-time Warframe player and YouTube content creator.

A long-time member of the Warframe Partner Program, Dan was informed that Digital Extremes would be “taking the appropriate steps to remove you from the Warframe Partner Program,” stating that he had violated their “program policies against offensive materials.”

In their email to Dan, that he shared to his Twitter it indicates he was removed due to his recent social media posts.

The Warframe Team explained, “After reviewing your recent tweets, we unfortunately do not feel that you have adhered to our program policies and at this moment we believe it is time for us to part ways. We are taking the appropriate steps to remove you from the Warframe Partner Program, including the removal of your Glyph from in-game.”

They then had the gall to say they were “saddened.” They wrote, “We understand that you have a long history with Warframe and the Partner Program, and we are saddened that your time within our Partner community has concluded in this way.”

Curiously, despite this apparent violation of the “program policies,” the official Warframe Policies Program page states that “Digital Extremes is not liable for Warframe Partner content or conduct” and that “our Warframe Partners are independent entities and their opinions do not reflect that of Digital Extremes.”
Digital Extremes Ends Warframe Partnership Program Eligibility for DogManDan Over Dissenting Political Opinions

Prior to this communication from the Warframe team, Dan, like many across the globe, was sharing his thoughts and opinions on the ongoing social unrest in America on his personal Twitter account.

While supportive of the efforts to speak out against ongoing and wanton police brutality, Dan also retweeted videos critical of the ‘capital B’ Black Lives Matter movement, research questioning the group’s massive amount of support on social media presence, and criticized the ongoing acts of “rioting, looting, and burning buildings down.”

Dan would also respond to Tweet from Warframe’s official twitter account that indicated they would be donating to Black Lives Matter.

Dan responded to the announcement by questioning the roll out of these new policies, noting that action was taken against his account prior before he was allowed to accept or reject the updated terms:

While no response to the public attention brought to Dan’s case has been issued by Digital Extremes, Dan has indicated that these events have led him to “walk away from this dead game,” but not before showcasing his previous feature on the Warframe homepage as a reminder to players of “a time when all partners were treated equally.”

Black Lives Matter is a controversial organization that has made defunding of police one of their top priorities across cities and municipalities across the United States.

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