Those who’ve played Sea of Stars may have caught a cameo from Jirard ‘The Completionist’ Khalil, a YouTuber who makes videos about playing games to 100% completion. Khalil got a cameo in Sea of Stars due to teaming with developer Sabotage Studio to spread the word on their game through various charity streams. As of today, Khalil’s cameo in the game has been removed.
Over the last few weeks, there’s been a whirlwind of controversy surrounding Khalil and his charity efforts. While Khalil has become well known for charity streams, it only recently came to light that the roughly $600k in charity funds from fans never actually got donated. This was accrued over the course of several years, with many fans believing their donations had been sent off to the charity organization long ago.
Just a week back or so, Khalil donated the $600k from fans and also shared a video of his own explaining the situation. It appears there are still a number of question marks surrounding the whole fiasco, and even though the funds have now been distributed, countless fans still feel angered and upset that the money didn’t get to its ultimate destination until alarms were raised by other notable YouTubers.
This is still an ongoing story, but Khalil has certainly been facing backlash. The latest turn of events comes from Sabotage Studio, which has decided to remove Khalil’s cameo in Sea of Stars. Game director Thierry Boulanger shared a short message on the decision to remove Khalil from the game, and you can read it below.
A small patch will be going live on Steam and be submitted to consoles soon to replace the builder NPC in Mirth.
We arrived at this decision after carefully monitoring events over the past few weeks, and while it is not our place to pass judgment, we do make it a priority to maintain a positive and optimistic space that reflects the spirit of our intentions, be they creative or otherwise.
As always, we appreciate your support and trust you to respect our decision while keeping the tone of the conversation in line with the essence of what makes our games and our community what they are. Thank you.
Worth mention, Jirard himself stated that he missed the deadline for the Kickstarter survey and subsequently reached out to Thierry personally to see if he can help him out.
Additionally, none of the tiers were given the opportunity to insert themselves as an NPC, with a specific exception made for the highest tier (which was apparently refunded in 2021 so shouldn't be Jirard anyway).
You could argue that he should instead be put in with whatever reward tier he backed at, but they technically don't owe him anything given that it was his responsibility to fill out his survey and design a crypt statue.