Competitive Gamer Billy Mitchell Responds To His World Records Being Stripped Off

Mindy Sparks
April 16, 2018

Billy Mitchell, newly disgraced arcade gaming champion and star of the documentary King of Kong, has issued a statement following last week's revelation that his Donkey Kong score, and indeed all his other record breaking arcade scores, had been disqualified after a lengthy investigation by Twin Galaxies. In a new statement, the former King of Kong denied the charges against him, promising that his Donkey Kong scores are genuine and authentic. Mitchell goes on to claim that his investigation will uphold the integrity of his claims, proving that his scores were done professionally and legitimately.

A Donkey Kong arcade game.

"We also recognize records for First flawless score on Pac-Man and Highest score on Pac-Man". "Guinness World Records will look to update and find the appropriate holder of these records in the next few days", it said in a statement. After concluding its investigation, also utilizing additional information gleaned from a third-party source which Mitchell had cooperated with, Twin Galaxies responded by stripping Mitchell of his scores and titles. This is all very, very much against the rules of Twin Galaxies, the gaming organisation that works with Guinness in tracking gaming world records. The gamer questioned whether Mitchell actually earned the marks on an arcade machine.

Mitchell is one the highest-profile gamers in the world due to his list of records. He also was featured in the 2007 documentary "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters".

While Mitchell making a new attempt at the Donkey Kong world record would have been a more entertaining, if dramatic response, this story clearly isn't over just yet.

"The fact of the matter is, now there is a true professional due diligence being done to investigate things that happened as far as 35 years ago in a professional manner, not in a shock-jock mentality designed to create hits", Mitchell said.

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