Cronyism
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corrections

Censorship

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Censorship

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In the infamous Doritosgate scandal, Eurogamer censored an editorial calling for stricter ethics in game journalism after being threatened with a lawsuit by Lauren Wainwright, a journalist mentioned in the article. While the original article made no accusation towards Wainwright—only suggested she was opening herself to accusations of a conflict of interest with publisher Square-Enix with her behavior—it turned out, after the scandal was publicized, that this conflict of interest very much existed, and Wainwright had lied about it. The colum’s writer, Rab Florence, either resigned or was fired from Eurogamer due to the article, with Florence himself saying the threatened lawsuit had forced him out of a job, but having kind words for Tom Bramwell, who had writted the Eurogamer editorial explaining the censorship, where he had praised Florence and claimed he had faced heavy criticism for publishing his column.
Sensationalism

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Sensationalism

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Their extremely negative review of MMORPG Darkfall Online was hit by heavy controversy when the game’s developer publicly called out the review, stating that the game’s logs showed the reviewer had only spent 2 hours playing the game. While confirming the veridicity of the logs, Eurogamer claimed the logs were wrong, and could have been doctored—the dev refuting this possibility—and, after two months, released a second, still-negative, exhaustive review which was punctured with discussion of the backlash, implication that the original review was legitimate and that Darkfall’s fans were being unappeasable. Although who is telling the truth between Eurogamer and Darkfall’s dev remains, to an extent, up to debate, what is objectively true is that the original review manged to cram an impressive number of factual inaccuracies in its very short text, and that its author, contributor Ed Zitron, never wrote for Eurogamer again.
Cronyism

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Cronyism

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Wrote two times about Sunset, without disclosing his close personal ties with Leigh Alexander and Ste Currant, involved in the game through their consulting company Agency for Games.

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Eurogamer
Address
www.eurogamer.com
Activity
Founded in 1999
Editor-in-Chief
Oli Welsh

About

British gaming news and reviews website.

Has been through several scandals — most notably DoritosGate

Between February and March 2015, has replaced review scores with a 4-point scale, and adopted a new ethics policy.

GamerGate info

Was on GamerGate's original boycott lists. Has, on its part, taken a fairly anti-GamerGate stance, although its coverage of the controversy has been sparse since October 2014.

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