Mon April 16 2018
by Charlie Fripp
Last week shockwaves were sent through the Donkey Kong community, as long-time champion and Guinness Record holder Billy Mitchell was stripped of his titles for allegedly using unofficial machines to get his high scores.
Official ranking company Twin Galaxies removed all records of Mitchell’s achievement, and have also launched an official investigation into Mitchell’s other records – stretching as far back as 35 years ago.
Over the weekend Mitchell released a statement, in which is claims that he did nothing wrong and that the he will fully co-operate with the investigation.
“We will show that everything that has been done - everything was done - professionally, according to the rules, according to the scoreboard, [and] the integrity that was set up. Not 2014-forward by the current regime, who wants to reach back 35 years,” he said.
“Everything will be transparent. Everything will be available. I wish I had it in my hands right now, I wish I could hand it to you. But it’s taken a considerable amount of time. Witnesses, documents, everything will be made available to you. Nothing will be withheld. You absolutely have my commitment to that. We’ve been at this since 1982, and it’s not gonna stop now.”
As a result of Mitchell being disqualified by Twin Galaxies, Guinness World Records also erased his achievements from history.
“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 source of verification for these achievements,” it explained.