Which Developers Turned Down Kanye West’s Video Game?

Yesterday, Kanye West live-streamed a big performance that showcased his new album–The Life of Pablo–and his newest clothing line. But that wasn’t all Kanye wanted to share with the world. He also gave the audience a first look at the video game he announced last year.

Yes, Kanye West made a video game. It’s called Only One, just like the song, and it’s about his mother’s journey to heaven. I realize how made-up that sounds, which is why the trailer for Only One is embedded below.


“I worked on a video game and I wanted to show y’all,” Kanye said at the event. “The idea of the game is, my mom traveling through the gates of heaven.”

Honestly, I think the game looks pretty cool. The audience, however, seemed confounded by Kanye’s latest attempt to commemorate his late mother Donda West because after the trailer was shown, he didn’t seem happy with how people received it.

Reminder: Kanye’s mother, Donda West, tragically passed in November of 2007 due to coronary artery disease, an existing condition complicated by plastic surgery he got for her.

“That’s not easy to do, man!” Kanye said, presumably about making the game in the first place. “Y’all just be acting like that shit is regular.” Afterwards, Kanye played the trailer for the audience again, just to make sure they got it like any great artist would, but not before giving us a tale about the game’s inception.

“No, you don’t understand. I go out and meet with everybody in San Fran, and they’ll diss the fuck out of me. And I’ll be like, ‘I wanna make a game,’ and they’ll be like, ‘FUCK YOU.’ That was hard to do, bro!”

As Kanye tells the story, he met with everyone who makes games in San Francisco. According to GameDevMap, there are over 200 video game developers in the San Francisco area. ALL OF THEM TURNED KANYE WEST DOWN? No way. Maybe Blizzard, 2K, Capcom and other San Francisco-based heavyweights passing on the project…Please, if you have any information about Kanye West’s video game pitch getting rejected, we want to hear about it. Get at us on Facebook or Twitter.

He could have also meant that he met with everybody in San Francisco, nearly a million people, most of whom–presumably–don’t make games. That kind of explains their “FUCK YOU”-reaction. If a famous musician came up to me to ask me to make him a video game, that’s probably what I would say.

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