Corruption
3
Perceived issues
Cleaning
1
correction
25% correction rate, higher than site average

Corruption

Apparent

Corruption

About

Does not disclose Amazon affiliate links appearing on the game hub pages.
Intimidation

Serious

Intimidation

About

In the arguably most widely recognized gaming scandal of all time, fired Editor-in-Chief Jeff Gerstmann after he had given a subpar review score to a game that was being heavily advertised on the site at the time. Gamespot was accused for years of having fired Gerstmann following advertieser pressure, but Gerstmann could only comment when his non-disclosure agreement expired in 2012—and he finally confirmed that Gamespot’s inexperienced management team had indeed “buckled when faced with having a lot of ad dollars walk out the door”, clarifying that team was no longer at Gamespot.
Corruption

Amended

Corruption

About

His review of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain for Gamespot originally did not disclose an involvement in the game’s "review camp". Not only disclosure was added after he was asked, but he appars to only have participated in the review event for a single day, possibly making this issue more minor to begin with. These very criticized review events involved a heavily-controlled play environement with a company PR handler, costraints that pushed some journalists to cheat to go through the game faster and, at least in some of the camps, lavish accomodations and gifts.
Corruption

Apparent

Corruption

About

Made two videos about Zoe Quinn’s Depression Quest without disclosing that he had contributed to one of Quinn’s crowdfunding campaigns, although for the low sum of ten dollars. Dwyer also appears in Depression Quest’s credits. He also appears to have a good relationship with Quinn, which involves hanging out together but appears to have developed after the coverage.

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GameSpot
Address
www.gamespot.com
Activity
Founded in 1996
Part of
CBS Interactive
with CNET, Metacritic

About

One of the world's largest gaming news and review sites, focused solely on gaming content, currently with four editions in two languages.

Its parent company has been purchased by CNET which in turn was purchased by CBS Interactive — making Gamespot a current sister company to Metacritic, GameFaqs and Giant_Bomb.

Has taken no stance on GamerGate, and currently allows discussion of it in its forums.

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