Kris Ligman

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Kris Ligman

Critical Distance

Also: Gamasutra; Zam, Editor

Twitter

Collusion

Apparent

Collusion

About

Her 01/09/2014 “This Weeks in videogames” column is considered to be part of the “Gamers are dead” media blitz, despite having been published a few days after the main blitz.

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Not on file

Filed

2015 May 15

Corruption

Apparent

Corruption

About

Critical Distance promoted articles by Zoya Street at least three times. While the most recent one discloses Street’s role at Critical Distance, none of them discloses that Silversting Media—where Street is Editor-in-Chief of critical publishing since March 2015 and has been a collaborator since at least August 2014—was donating to their Patreon.

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2016 Mar 20

Filed

2016 Jun 08

Critical Distance promoted articles by Clarys Cyarron at least four times, and his game Glitchhackers two times. While the most recent one discloses a professional relationship with the author, none of them discloses that Silversting Media—which produced Glitchhackers and has had Cyarron as a collaborator since 2013 and as a director since at least February 2015—was donating to their Patreon.

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2016 Feb 28

Filed

2016 Jun 08

Critical Distance promoted one article about the Dusty Deadwithout disclosing that Silversting Media, which produced the game as part of their Book of the Dead series, was donating to their Patreon.

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2015 Sep 13

Filed

2016 Jun 08

Critical Distance wrote about Daniel Parker at least three timeswithout disclosing that he was donating to their Patreon.

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2015 Aug 16

Filed

2016 Mar 06

Critical Distance plugs Tale of Tales at least oncewithout disclosing that company member Aureia Harvey was donating to their Patreon.

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2015 May 04

Filed

2016 Mar 24

Critical Distance plugs Eron Rauch at least oncewithout disclosing that he was donating to their Patreon.

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2015 May 01

Filed

2016 Mar 06

Critical Distance plugs Jenn Frank at least oncewithout disclosing that she was donating to their Patreon.

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2015 May 01

Filed

2016 Mar 06

Critical Distance plugs Ansh Patel at least oncewithout disclosing that he was donating to their Patreon.

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2015 May 01

Filed

2016 Mar 06

Critical Distance plugs Darius Kazemi at least oncewithout disclosing that he was donating to their Patreon.

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2015 May 01

Filed

2016 Mar 06

Critical Distance wrote about Brendan Keogh at least three timeswithout disclosing that he was donating to their Patreon.

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2015 May 01

Filed

2015 Jul 19

Critical Distance plugs Emily Short at least oncewithout disclosing that she was donating to their Patreon.

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2015 May 01

Filed

2016 Mar 06

Critical Distance plugs Kate Chironis at least oncewithout disclosing that she was donating to their Patreon.

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2015 Mar 10

Filed

2015 Jul 19

Wrote about indie developer Vlambeer in at least three articles while her outlet Critical Distance was being supported by them on Patreon.

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2015 Feb 02

Filed

2015 May 16

Critical Distance plugs Andrew Dunn at least oncewithout disclosing that he was donating to their Patreon.

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2015 Jan 05

Filed

2015 Jul 30

Critical Distance plugs Dan Golding at least oncewithout disclosing that he was donating to their Patreon.

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2014 Nov 25

Filed

2015 Jul 30

Critical Distance plugs Agata Goralczyk at least oncewithout disclosing that she was donating to their Patreon.

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2014 Oct 27

Filed

2015 Jul 30

Critical Distance wrote about Michael McMaster at least two timeswithout disclosing that he was donating to their Patreon.

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2014 Jul 17

Filed

2015 Jul 19

Critical Distance wrote about Aevee Bee at least two timeswithout disclosing that Bee was donating to their Patreon.

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2014 Jul 15

Filed

2015 Jul 19

Wrote at least four times about Christine Love without disclosing their personal relationship, as well their financial ties — including Love's 100 $ donation to Ligman's GDC GoFundMe and her Patreon Support of Ligman's Critical Distance. Over a year after this entry has been filed, Ligman has disclosed this relationship on an article for Zam.

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2014 May 19

Filed

2015 Jul 29

Critical Distance plugs Ben Kuchera at least once—without disclosing that he was donating to their Patreon for what is apparently an “extraordinary” amount.

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2014 Mar 09

Filed

2016 Sep 20

Gave positive coverage to Mitu Khandaker-Kokoris' game Redshirt, without disclosing that Khandaker-Kokoris was financially supporting her Patreon for Critical Distance, since four days before the article appeared. This Patreon connection was still active when Ligman was a juror at the IndieCade Festival, where Redshirt was a finalist.

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Date

Not on file

Filed

2015 May 15

Corruption

Possible

Corruption

About

Critical Distance promoted articles about Anita Sarkeesian or videos of her channel Feminist Frequency in at least five occasionswithout disclosing that Silversting Media—which has had Sarkeesian as a consultant since at least 2014—was donating to their Patreon. It should be noted that the importance of Sarkeesian’s role at Silverstring is not clear.

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Date

2015 Dec 28

Filed

2016 Jun 08

Critical Distance promoted one interview about Crypt of the Necrodancerwithout disclosing that Silversting Media, which collaborated with the game’s development, was donating to their Patreon.

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Date

2015 Sep 20

Filed

2016 Jun 08

Critical Distance promoted one article about Devin Vilbert—without disclosing that Silversting Media, which Vilbert has been a part of since at least 2011, was donating to their Patreon, apparently starting on the day the article was published.

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Date

2015 May 24

Filed

2016 Jun 08

Critical Distance promoted articles or videos by Jonathan McIntosh at least two times, without disclosing that Silversting Media—which has had McIntosh as a consultant since at least 2014—was donating to their Patreon. It should be noted that the importance of McIntosh’s role at Silverstring is not clear.

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Date

2014 Dec 30

Filed

2016 Jun 08

This journalist’s career means they might be subject to slight asymmetric scrutiny.

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