The gaming blog of the former Gawker network, it has been acquired by Univision in 2016 following Gawker's demise, apparently without significant changes in its operation.
Originally founded in October 2004, and soon handed to Brian Crecente, who headed the site until 2012.
Kotaku features frequent social commentary and trivia articles alongside its gaming content. Its reviews have historically never featured scores, although they eventually added an infobox.
Kotaku's focus on fringe content brought it occasionally to interesting coverage of gaming scandals, but also involved it in several controversies, including major ones such as the slander of Brad Wardell and the cronyism scandal, involving Nathan Grayson, that sparked the GamerGate consumer revolt. It's up to debate if the site's occasional blacklisting by developers is caused more by its hard-hitting journalism or the loss of credibility caused by its scandalmongering.
It has been GamerGate's perhaps most criticized target, aggressively attacked by the consumer revolt's operations and frequently brought up as the quintessential example of bad gaming journalism — with Kotaku in turn responding with extremely negative GamerGate coverage, although the coverage has dwindled and there have been some minor changes to its ethical policy early in the controversy.
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