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Kotaku
Kotaku
is a video game website and blog that was originally launched in 2004 as part of the Gawker Media
Gawker Media
network.[2] Univision Communications bought Gawker Media
Gawker Media
in August 2016 and rebranded it as Gizmodo
Gizmodo
Media Group.[3]

Contents

1 History 2 Controversy

2.1 Blacklistings

3 References 4 External links

History[edit] Kotaku
Kotaku
was first launched in October 2004 with Matthew Gallant as its lead writer, with an intended target audience of young men.[4][5] About a month later, Brian Crecente
Brian Crecente
was brought in to try to save the failing site.[6] Since then, the site has launched several country-specific sites for Australia, Japan, Brazil
Brazil
and the UK. Previous contributors to the site include Luke Smith.[7] Crecente was named one of the 20 most influential people in the video game industry over the past 20 years by GamePro
GamePro
in 2009[8] and one of gaming's Top 50 journalists by Edge in 2006. The site has made CNET's "Blog 100" list[9] and was ranked 50th on PC Magazine's "Top 100 Classic Web Sites" list.[10] Its name comes from the Japanese otaku (obsessive fan) and the prefix "ko-" (small in size).[11] In April 2014, Gawker Media
Gawker Media
partnered with Future plc
Future plc
to launch Kotaku UK, and with Allure Media
Allure Media
to launch Kotaku
Kotaku
Australia.[12] Kotaku
Kotaku
is currently run by Stephen Totilo, who replaced Brian Crecente in 2012.[13] Kotaku
Kotaku
was one of six websites that was purchased by Univision Communications in their acquisition of Gawker Media
Gawker Media
in August 2016.[14] Controversy[edit] In 2007, attorney Jack Thompson sued Gawker Media
Gawker Media
and site editor Brian Crecente
Brian Crecente
over concerns that Kotaku
Kotaku
declined to remove threatening user comments,[15] but the lawsuit was dismissed the next day.[16] In 2009, Business Insider
Business Insider
reported that Hearst Corporation sought to buy Kotaku
Kotaku
from Gawker
Gawker
Media.[17] In 2010, Kotaku
Kotaku
criticized Japanese magazine Famitsu's glowing endorsement of a Konami
Konami
game as a conflict of interest; Konami
Konami
subsequently revoked Kotaku's invitation to the game's launch party.[18] In 2013, Forbes
Forbes
criticized Kotaku
Kotaku
over what they called an inflammatory headline in a story about Hideki Kamiya; Kotaku
Kotaku
rewrote the headline.[19] Blacklistings[edit] In 2007, Kotaku
Kotaku
ran a story about rumored upcoming features on the PlayStation
PlayStation
3, and Sony
Sony
responded by temporarily blacklisting the website.[20] The site claimed in 2015 that they had been blacklisted by major game companies Bethesda Softworks
Bethesda Softworks
and Ubisoft.[21] References[edit]

^ "Alexa Ranking". Alexa Internet. Archived from the original on March 1, 2017. Retrieved March 1, 2017.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 22, 2016. Retrieved 2016-12-21.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 18, 2017. Retrieved 2017-01-13.  ^ Carr, David (October 4, 2004). "At These Web Sites, It's a Man's World". The New York Times. Archived from the original on March 4, 2014. Retrieved January 24, 2014.  ^ Parker, Pamela (October 4, 2004). " Gawker
Gawker
Media: We're Where the Boys Are". ClickZ. Retrieved September 16, 2015.  ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20041109094627/http://www.kotaku.com/ ^ "GAMING'S TOP 50 JOURNALISTS". Edge. October 17, 2006. Archived from the original on February 3, 2014. Retrieved January 24, 2014.  ^ Shuman, Sid (May 2009). "20 Most Influential People in Gaming: #20 – Brian Crecente". IDG. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved July 12, 2009.  ^ " CNET
CNET
News.com'S Blog 100". CNET. Archived from the original on July 13, 2012. Retrieved January 24, 2014.  ^ "The Top 100 Classic Web Sites". PC Magazine. Archived from the original on February 1, 2014. Retrieved January 25, 2014.  ^ " Kotaku
Kotaku
FAQ". Kotaku. Gawker
Gawker
Media. July 2, 2004. Archived from the original on July 15, 2007. Retrieved July 6, 2015.  ^ Reynolds, John (March 13, 2014). " Gawker
Gawker
links up with Future to launch Lifehacker
Lifehacker
and Kotaku
Kotaku
in UK". The Guardian. Archived from the original on July 22, 2015. Retrieved July 22, 2015.  ^ Caoili, Eric (January 3, 2012). "Consumer gaming blog Kotaku
Kotaku
loses key staff". Gamasutra. Archived from the original on February 19, 2014. Retrieved January 24, 2014.  ^ Calderone, Michael (18 August 2016). "Gawker.com Ending Operations Next Week". The Huffington Post. Archived from the original on October 16, 2016.  ^ McCarthy, Caroline (April 26, 2007). "Gaming foe Jack Thompson sues Gawker
Gawker
Media". CNET. Archived from the original on February 1, 2014. Retrieved January 24, 2014.  ^ McCarthy, Caroline (April 27, 2007). "Judge tosses out Jack Thompson's lawsuit against Gawker
Gawker
Media". CNET. Archived from the original on February 1, 2014. Retrieved January 24, 2014.  ^ Carlson, Nicholas (November 13, 2009). "Hearst Eyed Videogame Blog Kotaku
Kotaku
For Acquisition". Business Insider. Archived from the original on February 3, 2014. Retrieved January 24, 2014.  ^ Quillen, Dustin (April 26, 2010). " Konami
Konami
Shuns Blog Over Metal Gear Review Controversy". 1up. Retrieved January 24, 2014.  ^ Kain, Erik (January 9, 2013). " Kotaku
Kotaku
And The Problem With Inflammatory Headlines In Video Game Blogging". Forbes. Archived from the original on February 2, 2014. Retrieved January 24, 2014.  ^ Kohler, Chris (March 1, 2007). " Sony
Sony
and Kotaku
Kotaku
In Blacklist Flap". Wired.com. Archived from the original on July 27, 2010. Retrieved January 24, 2014.  ^ Totilo, Stephen. "A Price Of Games Journalism". Kotaku. Archived from the original on November 20, 2015. 

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