Genshin Influence gamers had been baffled final evening when the sport’s official account tweeted that it was going to be doing a “group problem,” one not like something you may count on. Usually, such an occasion may reward gamers with in-game prizes, and but what Genshin Influence was proposing was…weird.
The tweet, which was finally ratioed so laborious it was deleted, requested gamers to comply with the Twitter account of Ella Musk, a minor Genshin character that gamers often work together with, who tries to speak with Hilichurls.
The rewards had been…nearly all associated to the person who impressed the character’s identify, Elon Musk.
- If Ella Musk’s account hit 500,000 followers, Genshin Influence would change its identify again to PAIMON, the way in which it was once.
- If Ella Musk’s account hit 1 million followers, Ella Musk would comply with Elon Musk on Twitter.
- At three million followers, Genshin Influence would invite Elon Musk to stream the sport.
- At 5 million followers, miHoYo’s CEO would invite Elon Musk to come back to their headquarters.
Followers had been left bewildered at what precisely was occurring right here, because it virtually appeared just like the Genshin account had been hacked by some kind of crypto bot. Clearly there are Elon Musk followers at miHoYo, therefore Ella Musk’s identify within the first place, however followers didn’t take kindly to this “group problem” being akin to pumping up the follower account of a random NPC with rewards being that miHoYo would begin reaching out to a billionaire. There was additionally zero indication that Elon Musk was conscious of any of this till it occurred, nor that if these metrics had been even hit, he would do issues like stream the sport or go to miHoYo HQ, not that followers actually cared if both of these issues occurred.
The targets didn’t even make sense. Even the official Genshin Influence Twitter account solely has 2.four million followers, so getting Ella Musk to three or 5 million was unattainable. She bought to about 60,000 earlier than this contest was deleted. All of this additionally comes within the wake of followers being extraordinarily upset that miHoYo barely gave out anyone yr anniversary rewards, and this felt exceedingly tone deaf.
The twist is that Elon Musk finally did discover out about this, after being tagged 1,000,000 instances on Twitter little doubt, and beginning to pattern for it.
Musk appears to assume that this contest was placing him in the sport in some way, although that was by no means promised. Musk is a gamer, beforehand tweeting about titles like Cyberpunk 2077. He’s additionally an anime fan, and in the identical thread, recommends some mainstream favorites to a follower (Loss of life Notice, Evangelion, Ghost within the Shell, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Full Metallic Alchemist, Your Title). However there’s no indication I can discover that Musk performs Genshin Influence or was conscious of this group contest earlier than miHoYo began it. Although realizing him, who is aware of, he most likely would have been on board.
This simply served as a second to bolster a current narrative that miHoYo is out of contact with its group and what it cares about, organizing a contest with the purpose of placing them in touch with a billionaire, doing nothing for precise gamers. It was sensible to delete it, however I do not know how this might have probably been greenlit as an concept within the first place.