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Leigh Alexander

the Guardian

Previously: Boing Boing, Edge Writer, Gamasutra Editor at large, Kotaku, Offworld Editor-in-Chief, Vice

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Collusion

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Collusion

About

Spearheaded the “Gamers are dead” media blitz with an often-quoted inflammatory piece.

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2015 Mar 07

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Member of GameJournoPros. Proven to have been active in the list.

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2015 Mar 07

Corruption

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Corruption

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While still practicing journalism, also works as a consultant for gaming companies through her Agency for Games. She promotes her customers with her personal site and social media accounts, and, although she has not been found to have written articles or reviews about her customers this far, numerous journalists on friendly terms with her have been doing that.

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2015 Jun 16

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2015 Mar 07

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Wrote at least three times about games by Robert Yang, without disclosing their personal relationship — which includes hanging out at Alexander’s house following a panel they moderated together.

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2015 Sep 25

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2015 Oct 08

Wrote about Anna Anthrophy, also an occasional contributor to her site Offworld, at least in seven total articles, 2010 to 2015, without disclosing their friendship, shown both from their Twitter conversations and indirect means.

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2015 Sep 09

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2015 Mar 07

Wrote about Naomi Clark on three occasions, without disclosing their friendship.

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2015 Jun 02

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2015 Mar 07

Wrote at least three times about Merrit Kopas, without disclosing their friendship.

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2015 May 27

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2016 Jul 26

Between 2009 and 2015, wrote eight articles about minor developer Ian Bogost, namedropping him at least nine more times, without disclosing either their work together at Gamasutra or their personal friendship — both admitted and corroborated by frequent Twitter conversations.

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2015 Mar 31

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2015 Oct 28

Wrote about Zoe Quinn without disclosing their personal relatioship.

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2014 Mar 20

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2015 Mar 07

Wrote about Robin Arnott without disclosing their friendship.

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2014 Feb 27

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2015 Mar 07

Wrote about Mitu Khandaker-Kokoris without disclosing their personal relationship.

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2014 Jan 17

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2015 Mar 07

Wrote two times — plus one namedrop — about Mattie Brice, without disclosing an apparently fairly intimate friendship, involving fairly regular friendly meetups.

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2013 Dec 19

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2015 Oct 24

Wrote about Monaco in 2013. Article has no disclosure, but she had described the game’s creator Andy Schatz as a friend already in 2010 and again in 2011. Their Twitter conversations also suggest a relationship, which, despite Alexander having seemingly deleted her older tweets, appears to have existed before the article.

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2013 Apr 30

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2015 Sep 25

Wrote about Christine Love, without disclosing their friendship.

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2015 Mar 07

Wrote twice about BabyCastles without disclosing her friendship with several people involved in the gaming venue.

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2015 Mar 07

Wrote two times about Gone Home, without disclosing her personal relationship with each member of its developer, Fullbright — Steve Gaynor, Karla Zimonja, Kate Craig and Johnnemann Nordhagen — as well as voice actress Sarah Elmaleh and composer Chris Remo, (also a former coworker of Alexander).

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2015 Mar 07

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Covered Nina Freeman in at least three articles, disclosing their friendship only in the last. The relationship appears to have started to in 2012 and was acknowledged by Alexander in 2013. In addition, Alexander covered Freeman in a print article on March 2014, but it is not known whether or not it included disclosure. Another article covered the game Tacoma without disclosing that Freeman had worked on the game as a level designer, a fact Alexander was aware of prior to the article’s publication.

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2015 Apr 23

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2016 Jul 26

Dishonesty

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Stated she wasn't a member of GameJournoPros, before it was proven that she was. Since she was no longer a list member at the time, her statement might be simply misleading.

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2014 Sep 18

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2015 Mar 07

Intimidation

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Attacked writer Anne Rice and threatened to sic her Twitter followers on her, due to Rice calling out a fake book review left by a friend of Alexander.

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2015 Jun 03

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2015 Jun 06

Attacked System Shock / Bioshock creator Ken Levine on Twitter, then attacked Youtuber TotalBiscuit when he came to Levine's defense.

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2015 Mar 07

Has publicly threatened to end careers and blacklist aspiring developers.

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2015 Mar 07

Has publicly encouraged doxing, and directly engaged in it.

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2015 Mar 07

Gloated about Jack Thompson's heart disease, saying he should be sent poison candy.

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2015 Apr 06

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Following the publicity of her other conflicts of interest, she has been accused of writing about  Carl Icahn without disclosing his being a major investor of her then-employer Gamasutra's parent company UBM. While the coverage exists, Icahn's involvement in UBM has been mistakenly inferred from a widget that is actually present on every page of that section of the source site. Site doesn't list Icahn owning UBM stock on either his page or UBM's.

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2015 Apr 06

Trivia

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Accused of racism for some tweets about "hood men" and "hood rats".

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2015 Mar 17

Admitted to being biased and having an agenda at XOXO fest.

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2015 Mar 07

Apparent GG Autoblocker user.

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2015 Apr 27

Portrayed in the People of GamerGate series.

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2015 Mar 07

Encouraged people to violate IGN's and Gamespot's terms of use regarding intellectual property.

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2015 Apr 06

All but admitted to have leaked her book ahead of its publishing to sabotage its publishers, after accepting their money.

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2015 Apr 06

Has admitted her ethics policy involves favoring "those I love".

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2015 Apr 06

GameJournoPros membership isn’t an impropriety by itself. Read why DeepFreeze finds it notable.

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

Dishonesty and Intimidation emblems may be based on subjective criteria.

Readers are encouraged to take entries critically, and form their opinion independently.

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