'Yooka Laylee' Studio Cuts YouTuber JonTron from Game After Controversial Comments

Jon Jafari's voice removed from upcoming platformer game because of far-right views

'Yooka-Laylee' launches on April 11 Credit: Playtonic

Popular YouTuberJon 'JonTron' Jafari recently caused controversy after spouting far-right views during a YouTube broadcast and now Playtonic, the creators of the upcoming Yooka-Laylee, have dropped the voice work he did for the game. 

"We recently became aware of comments made by voice artist JonTron after development on Yooka-Laylee had been completed," the firm told GamesIndustry.biz.

"JonTron is a talented video presenter who we were initially, two years ago, happy to include as a voice contributor in our game. However, in light of his recent personal viewpoints we have made the decision to remove JonTron's inclusion in the game via a forthcoming content update." The statement goes on to say it does not his endorse his views – which included choice notes on immigrants and the "demographic displacement" of white people – and that PlayTonic celebrates diversity in all forms.

Jafari hasn't publicly commented on the move so far.

Yooka-Laylee will be released on April 11 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC and at a later date on Nintendo Switch.