Arcade gamer Billy Mitchell, perhaps better known as ‘The King of Kong’ after the 2007 documentary movie, is heading to court for a defamation case.
In 2018, the arbiter of arcade records worldwide, Twin Galaxies, removed Mitchell’s Donkey Kong scores, claiming that he had used modified arcade hardware, which is a big no-no. You can read more about that here.
Mitchell disputes this claim and, feeling that while not saying it outright, Twin Galaxies are implying that he’s a cheater, is battling to clear his name and have his scores reinstated, according to Ars Technica.
Anybody who has seen The King of Kong will know that Mitchell is an, erm, interesting dude who did come across as a bit of a villain of the piece. He also inspired Peter Dinklage’s character in the Adam Sandler comedy/action romp Pixels. Regardless, seeing him in action there’s no denying that he’s not too shabby at the old arcade games.
The court case is currently set to be heard on July 6.