Last week, it was announced that Warner Bros and Monolith Productions would be releasing downloadable content (DLC) for Shadow of War as a tribute to a developer's life. Monolith executive producer Michael Forgey died from a brain tumor last year. To honor their friend, Monolith immortalized him in-game, creating a DLC character called Forthog Orc-Slayer.
The Forthog Orc-Slayer DLC is being sold separately with a price tag of $4.99. Those who buy the DLC will have access to the character, who will occasionally appear in-game to one-shot kill an Orc the player is fighting. Of the $4.99, $3.50 from every purchase will be donated to the Forgey family through December 31, 2019.
That was all well and good until someone noted that the fine print excluded certain US states - Alabama, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Mississippi, and South Carolina - and all purchases outside of the United States. This meant that if you bought the DLC in those states, or outside of the US, the money would potentially go to Warner Bros. This led folks to accuse Warner Bros of profiting off an employee's death.
Warner Bros has released a statement on the matter.
"Neither Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment nor Monolith Productions will profit from any sales of the Forthog Orc-Slayer DLC regardless of the territory in which that DLC is sold," Warner Bros told Eurogamer.
The statement is light on details, but theoretically this means that $3.50 of every purchase worldwide will be going to the Forgey family. Folks who wish to donate directly can do so through the family's YouCaring page.