In what came as a shock to absolutely nobody who has seen the King of Kong documentary, star Billy Mitchell was banned from competition and had all of his high scores removed for cheating. Videos of Mitchell's Donkey Kong playing were proven to be doctored and it was also proven that he used an emulator, which is against the rules and something that Mitchell flat out denied in the documentary. Now, Billy Mitchell has announced that he will be revealing evidence to prove his innocence at a future date that will clear his name.
Over the weekend, Billy Mitchell addressed the allegations at the Midwest Gaming Classic in Milwaukee and in typical Billy Mitchell behavior, denied the allegations. In addition, he has vowed to clear his name with some mysterious evidence, which sounds pretty much like how he delivered the cheating tape to Twin Galaxies in King of Kong. The gamer and hot sauce peddler said that he "wished he had the evidence" on him over the weekend, but conveniently, he did not. He explains.
"Everything was done professionally, according to the rules, according to the integrity that was set up... 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, everything will be made available to you, nothing will be withheld."
In Billy Mitchell's video announcing his innocence, he also implies that he may have used an emulator, but that it wasn't against the rules at the time. He goes on to throw some minor shade at the way that Twin Galaxies is run now and seems quite bitter that they would go back and delete his high scores so long after the fact. Basically, it's like a sequel to the King of Kong getting played out in real time with Billy Mitchell acting exactly the same way he did over 10 years ago.
The use of emulators in competitive gaming is almost always against the rules because it gives video game players an unfair advantage, which Billy Mitchell is fully aware of. Throughout the King of Kong documentary and in the years after, Mitchell claims that he has never once played on an emulator in his long career. He goes out of his way to bring it up, most of the time without even being asked about it.
The protagonist in King of Kong, Steve Wiebe, has also spoken out about Billy Mitchell's cheating ways. Wiebe says that he isn't surprised at all and that Mitchell's behavior in the documentary makes a lot more sense now. Wiebe is now the first person to score 1 million points in Donkey Kong, not that Mitchell has been stripped of his titles. However, he does not hold the record for highest Donkey Kong score, so it's a bittersweet win for Wiebe. As for Billy Mitchell's proof of innocence, it will be very interesting to see what he comes up with, if at all. Right now, it just looks like a smug empty promise from a guy who just got caught cheating at Donkey Kong. You can watch Mitchell's announcement below, thanks to Ryan Burger's YouTube channel.