While they don’t specifically say anything about #GamerGate in their recently published update on their ethics policies, Eurogamer takes a step forward in how they plan to be and maintain an ethical stance when covering games and related material under the Gamer Network umbrella.
Eurogamer editor Oli Walsh published an article today, March 9th, 2015, noting that the online publication would be amending their policies for better clarity and consumer reliability.
According to Walsh…
“The revised policy is based on the previous version and very close to it in spirit; it underlines Eurogamer’s proud 15-year tradition as an independent gaming website with high standards of accuracy and professionalism, clear separation of editorial and commercial activities, and thorough attention to detail in everything we do. There are some substantial revisions and additions to the previous version which have been prompted by a couple of things in particular”
If you were hoping Walsh would name-drop #GamerGate, think again. He names the Gamer Network’s new crowd-funding initiative and the removal of review scores as the reason for the update. The rest of the article details some of the improvements of separating commercial advertising from editorial content, as well as ensuring that they won’t be reviewing episodic content separately anymore.
Walsh notes that the How We Work ethics and content policy page has been upgraded and updated to reflect the new changes.
The last time Eurogamer did a giant ethics overhaul was when Doritogate happened and, once again, the issue of disclosure, journalists potentially being bribed and publisher pressure weighed enough on Eurogamer to make a public policy about the issue.
Funnily enough, this is just another big site making transparency and disclosure more pronounced in the wake of the brakeless ethics train known as #GamerGate.
Recently, before Eurogamer updated their ethics policy, IGN made their policies public and that proceeded other sites like The Escapist, PC Gamer, Destructoid, Polygon, Kotaku, all of Gawker’s subsidiaries regarding their privacy policies and affiliate links, and The Verge also putting some new ethics and privacy policies in place.
For so many websites running the narrative that #GamerGate is the worse thing in the world, there sure are a lot of media websites getting on #GamerGate’s ethics train.