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WIRED 14 October, 2021 - 09:36am

Does Elon Musk play Genshin impact?

Musk played along, telling his Twitter followers he “can't wait” to be in Genshin Impact. ... Genshin Impact is a free-to-play, open-world RPG video game made by Chinese development studio miHoYo. It's available on PlayStation, PC, and mobile devices. InverseElon Musk Twitter contest sparks Genshin Impact's weirdest controversy yet

‘Genshin Impact’ Fans Revolt at Elon Musk Simping

VICE 14 October, 2021 - 05:20pm

But the internet remembers.

According to the event tease, when Ella hit 1 million followers the official Genshin Impact account would follow Elon Musk on Twitter. At 3 million followers, Genshin Impact would invite Musk, a notoriously busy billionaire who runs the electric company Tesla as well as the space rocket company SpaceX, to stream the game. If 5 million fans followed the account, the CEO of MiHoYo would invite Musk to visit the company’s headquarters. Musk encouraged the event by tweeting that he “can’t wait to be in Genshin Impact,” followed by a cry laughing emoji.

The fans didn’t react positively to the event. Genshin Impact players descended on the Twitter accounts and let them know that they weren’t interested in watching the developer’s of the video game they enjoy simp for a billionaire. 

“It was free, forced marketing that MiHoYo got, and the community got literally nothing. Despite what people try to say, the player base largely does not care about rewards outside of the game,” one player said on Reddit. “Also Elon Musk is a piece of shit.”

MiHoYo deleted the tweet, but the fans continued to drag them online.

“Don’t worry Paimon you may have deleted your Elon Musk tweet but twitter will never forget your sins,” one fan said in a tweet. “I feel like I'm in a fever dream, like I genuinely cannot believe this is a real thing that happened.”

“This community event may not affect any of us, but damn, this just highlights how out of touch the marketing/pr team are with the fanbase (or just the internet in general),” player SnarkyHummingbird said on Reddit. “It's especially funny given the fact it's held on twitter. Like does MHY know the Twitter fanbase has a huge chunk of kids who are very into social justice and do not give a crap who Elon Musk is...or that Elon musk's image has fallen out of favour and he is no longer regarded as the ‘funny Tesla man’ like years ago? I'm just flabbergasted by this decision.” 

MiHoYo did not immediately respond to Waypoint’s request for comment.

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Who's Ella Musk? Genshin Impact x Elon Musk trend explained

Sportskeeda 14 October, 2021 - 04:23pm

Genshin Impact crossovers are nothing new, but the recent trend involving Ella Musk and Elon Musk is outright bizarre.

Elon Musk is a famous figure in American culture for his work on various projects and has over 60M Twitter followers. Genshin Impact is one of the most popular games globally, but their recent attempt at a crossover confused most players.

It includes an NPC named Ella Musk, who has nothing to do with Elon Musk in Genshin Impact. There, she's primarily involved in studying the Hilichurlian language. Her name is similar to Elon Musk, and she has been around in the game since the beginning.

However, the Genshin Impact Twitter account decided to announce a community challenge out of nowhere.

The original community challenge has since been deleted. It included another Twitter account, known as Ella Musk (@Paimon2theMoon), and featured some challenges based on the number of fans who would follow it.

The Ella Musk Twitter account has 71.4K followers. For reference, the official Genshin Impact account only has 2.4M followers. Hence, it was likely a meme challenge that didn't take off in an intended way.

Different parts of the Genshin Impact community reacted to the challenge differently. Some saw it as a lighthearted joke, while others thought miHoYo was wasting their time on trivial affairs.

Some parts of the fanbase point out how miHoYo lost much goodwill after the disastrous handling of the Anniversary event. Hence, trying to have fun with a divided community backfired.

To his credit, Elon Musk responded to the bizarre challenge. His response was only a single sentence with a laughing emoji. Naturally, Twitter had a field day making some memes about the situation, like the one shown below:

Elon's Tweet gained far more likes than his usual posts. Elon Musk also responded to a few unrelated questions, such as animes to recommend to other people and a Starlink inquiry.

Ella Musk was one of the few people who responded to Elon Musk's Tweet. Like the original community challenge, Ella Musk's response is no longer there. Now, her account has been relegated to posting content creator spotlights.

The account doesn't have much activity as a whole. Its first visible post was back on September 7, 2021, and last was posted on September 8, 2021, before taking a break. This break lasted until October 13, 2021, when the Twitter account posted something unrelated to the recent Twitter drama.

Other than a similar name, Ella Musk shares no similarities to Elon Musk in Genshin Impact. The Musk family in Genshin Impact studies Hilichurl linguistics, with two known members that players can see in-game.

Ella Musk is one of them, and she is the older sister of Dr. Edith (strangely, Ella uses a child model, and Dr. Edith uses an adult model). The former is located in Mondstadt and appears in a few Commissions involving Hilichurls.

The Twitter account associated with Ella Musk is official. Ergo, it's not a random fan-made account that was trolling. Here is her most recent public post:

It would appear that both the Ella Musk and the Genshin Impact Twitter accounts have moved on from the initial community challenge. Only time will tell if they'll choose to revisit the concept of an Elon Musk x Genshin Impact crossover.

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