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18:10  13 september  2019
18:10  13 september  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Billy Mitchell dumps 156-page "evidence package" in attempt to prove his innocence.

Last April, in response to a dispute raised by Donkey Kong Forum's Jeremy Young, Twin Galaxies determined that a number of Donkey Kong score tapes submitted by Mitchell were not achieved on Guinness , which partners with Twin Galaxies to adjudicate video game-based records , followed suit.

A gamer who had the highest score ever in the arcade classic Donkey Kong has threatened to sue Guinness World Records after his achievement was deemed fake and removed from its listings.

Ex-Donkey Kong record holder threatens to sue Guinness © Getty Billy Mitchell was the high score record holder on Donkey Kong

Billy Mitchell was for years considered the greatest arcade video game player in history because of his records in a number of celebrated titles, including the original Pac-Man from 1980.

However, his reputation was left in tatters last April when two of his previously accepted scores in the hit 1981 Nintendo game Donkey Kong were invalidated by official scorekeeper Twin Galaxies.

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Ex-Donkey Kong record holder threatens to sue Guinness © Getty Donkey Kong hit arcades for the first time in 1981

It was alleged that Mr Mitchell had not achieved the one million-plus scores on original hardware as he had claimed, and had actually recorded them on an emulator.

An emulator is a computer programme that replicates an arcade machine or games console.

Following a "meticulous" investigation, he was effectively labelled a cheat, had his records expunged by Twin Galaxies and Guinness World Records, and was banned from submitting any scores in future.

Ex-Donkey Kong record holder threatens to sue Guinness © Getty Mr Mitchell also held a record in Pac-Man

His perfect Pac-Man record of 3,333,360, set in 1999, was also removed.

Lawyers for Mr Mitchell, 54, are now threatening to sue both organisations unless they retract "defamatory statements made against him" and "immediately restore his achievements and good name".

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Billy Mitchell stripped of " Donkey Kong " high scores and banned from the world's largest tracker of video game world records for cheating. The decision comes after months of research by the administrators of Twin Galaxies, which tracks world gaming records and helps the Guinness Book of

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In a letter sent to Twin Galaxies and Guinness World Records, including 168 pages of purported evidence, his lawyers say they did not give him a fair opportunity to prove his innocence.

Suspicions that Mr Mitchell had used an emulator were first raised by Donkey Kong forum moderator Jeremy Young.

He believed images seen in footage of the record run could not have been generated by an original arcade machine and alerted Twin Galaxies.

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Ex-Donkey Kong record holder threatens to sue Guinness

Upon completing its investigation, Twin Galaxies said: "Based on the complete body of evidence presented in this official dispute thread, Twin Galaxies administrative staff has unanimously decided to remove all of Billy Mitchell's scores as well as ban him from participating in our competitive leaderboards."

According to the Guinness World Records website, the current holder is Robbie Lakeman, who achieved a verified score of 1,247,700 on 2 February 2018.

But on the Twin Galaxies has a more recent number one - John McCurdy, who scored 1,259,000 on 23 July 2019.

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