I would usually stay away from articles like this, but I have to show my support for Meathead Militia. Last weekend there was loads of locomotion around Wargaming North America office and how they supposedly broke the NDA around the Rheinmetall Skorpion G.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, it all started when Meathead Militia played with the tank while streaming:
Some Youtubers/Bloggers who have access to special accounts (press/test accounts to test upcoming content), that have to sign a NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) with Wargaming, started to boil because they can’t share/create any content with this tank, but Meathead Militia did a stream and even shared it in the World of Tanks Twitter account.
They are allowed to play with it, say to other people that they have tested it, but they aren’t allowed to share any informations about it, that includes print screens, Youtube videos or even talking about stats.
This brings us to one question? Did Meathead Militia break the NDA? Did Wargaming NA break the NDA around the Rheinmetall Skorpion G?
To be honest, I don’t really think so. I don’t have access to the complete NDA they have to sign, but the NDA starts with the following:
“This Agreement is made and entered into by and between Wargaming World Limited, a company duly organized and existing under Cyprus law having its principal place of business at 105, Agion Omologiton Avenue, Nicosia, 1080, Cyprus (hereinafter called “Wargaming”) and you, private person (hereinafter called the “USER”).”
So, if the agreement is made between Wargaming and a private person, I don’t see how a Wargaming Community Manager streaming exclusive content, that has been announced in the worldoftanks.com website back in the 28th of July, and last Friday on the usual Focus Friday video can be called a break in the NDA?
Can Wargaming impose a NDA to Wargaming? Even on content that has been announced that is coming out?
That is my question and my main point to disagree that he did anything wrong. To be honest, Meathead Militia is the one guy I would like to see in the WG EU Office. He has been helping World of Tanks NA to come back up, he is the main point of contact between the Community and Wargaming.
The Wargaming NA approach to the Community is what it makes them stand out and better than Wargaming EU. They don’t keep their Community in the dark any more, with Premium tanks “popping” out of nowhere and trying to shove them into our accounts. No, they share content, they talk about it so the Community can see/preview something before they commit with it. The amount of content they share about events and other stuff they are doing actually makes me wonder, why the f*** WG EU doesn’t do the same?
Yes, there will always be players who break the NDA and claiming that nothing happens to them is pure crap. A lot of players published videos about the new German Battleships coming to World of Warships and any player that has been reported directly to Wargaming Moderators have lost access to their special accounts and some videos were actually taken down.
To Wargaming NA Office: Keep up the good work. I just wish that WG EU would be as open and interactive with the Community has you are.