The Combat Arms YouTube commentator community has been disrupted by two separate conflicts involving public accusations of alleged misdeeds. These unfortunate events erupted on the heels of unprecedented collaboration—namely, the two cross-channel series “All We Do is Win” and “The Tribunal.”
The earliest incident began when commentator ArcticDropshot announced the closure of his channel on Wednesday. In the video, ArcticDropshot explained that he had recently received a second copyright strike, allegedly as a result of an intentional false claim. The supposed complainant was affiliated with YouTube user ZOOMxClanBust, who appeared to confirm this notion by responding to the closure video, “Karma!” The announcement initially blamed CombatArmsdotTV (CADT), FredSenare, and iCyberCA, but ArcticDropshot on his new channel Arctic1080p published a retraction, which limited the blame to CombatArmsdotTV.
In a written statement, CADT deflected the accusations, claiming instead that FredSenare was responsible for the false claim. This is not the first time that CADT has been the subject of controversy. In late May, CADT denied claims that he was also known as the Combat Arms player -Diamond_-, a former user of unauthorized cheat programs or “hacks.” A month later, CADT reversed his position and admitted to the sordid past. The admission seemed to resonate with fans: two weeks ago, he reached a major milestone of 2,700 subscribers.
Hours after the initial incident unfolded, a second controversy emerged when TouhouSniper98 published a video accusing fellow commentator TheKagaenBox of prematurely releasing a seven-part, cross-channel project known as “The Tribunal.” The purpose of the project, according to TouhouSniper98, was for more popular directors to help encourage channel visits and subscriptions to the channels of less popular commentators. The Tribunal: Part One was published on the channel of imhiLARRYous, who has over 6,000 subscribers. This video would link to Part Two, featured on the channel of undercoverdudes; which would link to part three on TouhouSniper98; to part four on ArcticDropshot; to part five on 1stKaro365; to part six on TannerProduction; and to part seven on Shadolance1. (Note: TheKagaenBox may have been removed from this progression as a result of the controversy). According to TouhouSniper98, before this project could unfold, TheKagaenBox released the project in its entirety, including all seven parts. The video was public for approximately 30 minutes, according to TheKagaenBox, during which time it received approximately 100 views.
TheKagaenBox responded with a video admitting the mistake and explaining that, although he was aware of the staged release plan, he did not realize that it was firmly agreed upon. He further explained that video creation is a profound source of happiness for him, and he sought reconciliation with the other directors.
Combat Arms Stratics’ Managing Editor, Syrus (IGN: FallonValor), has been a long-time subscriber to virtually every channel mentioned in this article. We at CA Stratics hope that reconciliation will progress quickly, and that the spirit of collaboration that inspired “All We Do is Win” and “The Tribunal” will return to the YouTube commentator community.