It’s not often that a rapper fights for a video game developer after a disgruntled fandom engages in gross harassment, but not all rappers are built like T-Pain.
In a recent tweet, the autotune wordsmith issued a statement of solidarity with Respawn, the developers behind the popular battle royale hero shooter. Apex Legends. The developer tried to iron out the game broken audio, poor matchmaking, and bugs that negatively impact exploration and hitting markers Apex Legends, which somehow led to a spike in online harassment towards its development team. T-Pain’s response to this situation was tantamount to telling the assholes who were bothering her Apex Legends Developer to go outside and touch some grass.
“Bro, you guys need to fucking relax. It’s a damn game, my mate. Play something else if you hate it that much bro,” T-Pain said in the tweet. “Get off your PC/console when you’ve been so engrossed in a game that you feel the need to threaten the people working hard to make it. chill brother.”
The screenshot message in T-Pain’s tweet comes from a recent statement from Respawn’s official Twitter account. In it, the game maker addresses an increase in harassment towards its development team. Respawn told players that it welcomes constructive criticism of the game but has a “zero tolerance policy for threats and harassment” from its developers and that it will “take appropriate action to ensure the health and safety of its team.”
“We love hearing feedback and will continue to work with our community to foster a respectful, collaborative environment and maintain the competitive integrity of our game.” Respawn said in the tweet.
kotaku has reached out to T-Pain and Respawn for comment.
The official Twitter account for Bungie, the destiny 2 Developers, responded in solidarity to Respawn’s tweet, saying, “To take a stand against toxicity and harassment, we must all work together to build healthier communities. We support you @respawn.”
Much like Respawn, Bungie has been subject to harassment lately, most notably from a serial scammer and harasser named Bungie charged with threatening to set fire to his office in July.
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This isn’t the first time the multi-Grammy Award-winning rapper has publicly slammed gamers for their shitty attitudes towards social media. In April last year T-Pain uploaded a TikTok video in which he insults a racist call of Duty player. Warning to headphone users, T-Pain will raise his mic for a while dog walking said racist assholes.
Harassment aside, T-Pain is no stranger to the inner workings of the gaming community. In the past, “T(ylenol) pain (relief)‘ donned arguably one of the best cosplays of all time tekkens Wing Chun expert Leroyand last named himself as the “Emperor of the Spoiled Papacy” during a promotional video for Crusader Kings 3.
T-Pain launched for the first time his own twitch channel back in April 2021. When T-Pain isn’t hearing samples of viewers’ raps during his Just Chatting streams, he enjoys playing video games Apex Legends, Call of Duty: Warzoneand Between us. Since launching his gaming channel, T-Pain has amassed 868,000 followers on Twitch and nearly 7,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel. Nappy Boy Games.
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