Guinness World Records To Remove All of Billy Mitchell's Records

Nicholas Barth,

April 14, 2018 1:07 PM

The announcement comes after the decision by the administration staff of Twin Galaxies to remove all of Billy Mitchell's scores from the organization's leaderboards.

According to a report by Kotaku, Guinness World Records will be removing all of Billy Mitchell's Donkey Kong scores and Pac-Man records from their database. The decision comes after the administration staff of Twin Galaxies, an official partner of Guinness World Records, removed all of Mitchell's records from the its leaderboards and contacted Guinness about the removal.

"The Guinness World Records titles relating to Mr. Mitchell's highest scores on Donkey Kong have all been disqualified due to Twin Galaxies being our soruce of verification for these achievements," stated a representative of Guinness to Kotaku, "We also recognize records for First perfect score on Pac-man and Highest score on Pac-Man. Twin Galaxies was the original source of verification for these record titles and in line with their decision to remove all of Mr. Mitchell's records from their system, we have disqualified Mr. Mitchell as the holder of these two records. Guinness World Records will look to update and find the appropriate holder of these records in the next few days." 

Billy Mitchell is one of the most famous arcade game players in the world

Billy Mitchell is one of the most famous arcade game players in the world due to his multiple world records in some of the most popular games. (Source: David Greedy/Getty Images)

Billy Mitchell's removal from the Twin Galaxies leaderboards was the outcome of a multiple-month long investigation into a dispute made by Jeremy Young over Mitchell's Donkey Kong score of 1,068,800 points. It was alleged that the former King of Kong had violated Twin Galaxies' rules by using the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator (MAME) to achieve this and other high scores instead of an original unmodified Donkey Kong arcade board. The final verdict ascertained that the performances in question did not come from an original arcade machine and are thus considered invalid.

At the time of this writing, Billy Mitchell has not publicly commented on his removal from the Twin Galaxies and Guinness World Records databases, but is reportedly scheduled to make an official statement regarding the matters this weekend. With many members of the video game community already expressing their thoughts and reactions on the decision, many are anxiously awaiting to hear from Mitchell himself regarding the removal of his scores.

(cover photo courtesy of Inverse)


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