Last month, WB Games and Monolith announced that they would be donating to the family of Mike Forgey, the former Executive Producer at Monlith. Forgey sadly passed away after a battle with brain cancer. Monolith said that all proceeds from the $3.50 Forthog DLC would be donated to the Forgey family.

Well, the wording got a little muddled. The donations were only "confirmed" for most of the United States. Due to laws in other regions, including those "excluded" states, they couldn't just say that the proceeds would be going to the family but they strongly hinted at it. They gave a few not-so-subtle "wink wink, nudge nudge" comments as they could legally give but people still didn't pick up on it. People got upset. Videos were made yelling at Monolith and WB Games. And yadda yadda yadda, a kind gesture was turned into some evil monster.

Today, Monolith revealed a new policy. The Forthog Orcslayer DLC? It's now going to be free to everyone. Instead of raising funds through the sale of that DLC, WBIE will instead make a blanket donation to the Forgey family.
The Forthog Orc-Slayer DLC was created by the team at Monolith Productions to immortalize Michael Forgey, a dear friend and colleague, and to raise funds to help support his widow and children.

Specifically, we decided to sell the DLC worldwide and donate all profits from the DLC to the family. Although we decided to donate all profits to the family, we only planned to actively promote this donation in the U.S. (excluding certain states based on their charitable promotion laws). We hoped this approach would raise as much money as possible for the Forgey family in compliance with the law. Our decision not to promote the donation outside the U.S. (even though we intended to donate the money) caused many to question where funds from other territories were going. Answering that direct question itself could have triggered compliance obligations or put us in violation of cause marketing laws in some of the 241 territories in which the content was available.

Additionally, a factually incorrect tweet from our team exacerbated the confusion by stating that international funds would not be going to the family. For absolute clarity; our intention was always to give all profits from the DLC, worldwide to the Forgey family.

We now recognize that tying our donation to sales of the DLC was not the best way to achieve our goal of offering financial support to the family and creating a lasting memorial to Michael Forgey. We sincerely apologize to the fans and to the Forgey family for the confusion we created.

To ensure the two original aims are still met and to provide transparency to the community, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment will instead make a donation directly to the Forgey family. The DLC will be withdrawn from sale and will be a free download for owners of Middle-earth: Shadow of War. Anyone who has purchased the DLC will receive a full refund. If there is interest in donating directly to the family, please visit their youcaring site: https://www.youcaring.com/michael-forgey-479259.

The amount that will now be donated has not been disclosed to the public.