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1 year 3 months ago #42658 by Kazara
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FTC Disclosure Rules – We Should Credit GamerGate

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The Federal Trade Commission recently issued a press release declaring that it had reached a settlement with Warner Bros. over claims that the games publisher had failed to disclose the fact that it had paid prominent YouTube personalities for coverage of its 2014 game, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. In its statement, the FTC used Pewdiepie as an example of one of the YouTubers who had taken money from the publisher in exchange for a gameplay video.

As we previously wrote, Pewdiepie disclosed (at least in text) that his video was sponsored, and that it wasn’t a review at all. These are just some of the facts that aren’t being widely reported by the press, which is pushing the narrative that gamers in general, and proponents of the much-maligned #GamerGate movement are ignoring the issue. #GamerGate purports to be a movement about the ethics in games journalism, but its critics claim it’s a front for the harassment of women in video games despite its many female supporters.

In the interest of full disclosure, I bought into the popular narrative and personally made the mistake of accusing John Bain for erroneously taking credit for uncovering the issue. I was rightfully called out for my error by the community. Having since researched the matter, it’s plain to see that #GamerGate’s influence in the FTC ruling was downplayed, if not completely erased by the gaming press.

Evidence shows that prominent games YouTuber John Bain, better known as TotalBiscuit, was the first to uncover the issue, shedding light on the shocking practice. Arguing for ethics in the video game industry, TotalBiscuit expressed steadfast support for #GamerGate and anyone concerned that members of the press and YouTubers were colluding with game developers. Gamers were right to worry.

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1 year 3 months ago #42660 by Temploiter
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If only this article appeared in PC Gamer or some other gaming outlet.

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