GameSpot officially comments on fired editor

Written by Joe Martin

December 4, 2007 // 10:47 a.m.

Tags: #advertisers #eidos #fired #gamespot #gerstmann #jeff #kane-and-lynch

The internet has been aflame with fury lately, with wrath falling equally on Eidos and GameSpot after it was alleged that pressure from Eidos over a review of Kane and Lynch lead to the firing of editor Jeff Gerstmann.

Speculation has been rampant since the rumour first started and Eidos, Gerstmann and GameSpot have all been either reluctant or unable to comment. Now, GameSpot has broken the silence and issued an official comment on the situation.

The comment once again denies the accusations that advertising pressure from Eidos lead to Gerstmann being fired - an opinion which is now being taken as fact by many readers regardless of the official position.

"Neither CNET Networks nor GameSpot has ever allowed its advertising business to affect its editorial content," said Greg Brannan, CNET Networks Entertainment's vice president of programming. "The accusations in the media that it has done so are unsubstantiated and untrue. Jeff's departure stemmed from internal reasons unrelated to any buyer of advertising on GameSpot."

"Though he will be missed by his colleagues, Jeff's leaving does not affect GameSpot's core mission of delivering the most timely news, video content, in-depth previews, and unbiased reviews in games journalism," said Ryan MacDonald, executive producer of GameSpot Live. "GameSpot is an institution, and its code of ethics and duty to its users remains unchanged."

Many readers remain unconvinced however and GameSpot has allegedly had to cope with mass subscription cancellations. What do you think though? Let us know in the forums.

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