Fellow Game Reviewers Support Gerstmann

Fellow Game Reviewers Support Gerstmann

Following news that GameSpot reviewer Jeff Gerstmann was fired, staff from a competing company marched to the offices of GameSpot with a banner that read, "We Support Fellow Game Reviewers."

According to some circulating rumors, Gerstmann's firing came as a result of a negative written and video review he gave to a Kane & Lynch, recently published by Eidos. Eidos has a strong advertising relationship with Gamespot's parent company, CNET, as evidenced by the game's heavy promotions carried on the GameSpot website.

The marching staff were Ziff Davis employees, and some of them worked for GameSpot competitor, 1UP. Their office was only two blocks down from Gamespot's.

1UP News Editor Patrick Klepek said, "Even though 1UP and GameSpot are competition, what's happening over there includes industry-wide ramifications, when the dust finally settles."

Gerstmann has said he is unable to comment on the terms of his firing.

CNET has refused to comment on the case specifically but issued a general statement insisting GameSpot's editorial integrity is intact.

Source: Joystiq.com

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I am glad the guys from 1UP did their small piece of support, every little helps in this situation.

Shame Gerstmann can't say anything, but I am not really that surprised.

Just hope everything turns out for the best.

Same, it sucks when people are punished for stating the obvious. Gerstmann's style wasn't to everyone's taste, but his review is pretty much in line with what everyone else hasbeen saying. Shame he's the one to bear the brunt. :(

It's always good to see people join together when their integrity is threatened. Way to fight for your honor!

Has it actually been confirmed whether or not he was fired for the poor review? I've seen an anonymous source which, frankly, isn't worth the key strokes and absolutely nothing else. I know it looks very suspicious but how do we know he wasn't dumped for another reason?

It seems to me that Gamespot's rivals are using rumour to take shots at them.

mrblackett:
Has it actually been confirmed whether or not he was fired for the poor review? I've seen an anonymous source which, frankly, isn't worth the key strokes and absolutely nothing else. I know it looks very suspicious but how do we know he wasn't dumped for another reason?

It seems to me that Gamespot's rivals are using rumour to take shots at them.

It doesn't require a lot to make 1 + 1. Especially when the problematic video review was removed from the website.
At that point, you don't need it spelled out to know what happened.

I never thought Gamespot's review were any good anyways. You have to look at the user reviews for the real thing.

 

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