#GamerGate helped kick off a wave of policy overhauls at a number of gaming websites. Gamers’ biggest concern? They wanted the people reporting on the news to disclose when money exchanges hands or people they’re deeply involved with on a relational level are being covered. Destructoid has taken an extra step in further updating their disclosure policies to include when their writers back a Kickstarter project.
“as a whole I take disclosures very seriously, and we have continued to make an effort to disclose relationships in all of our reviews. That includes Kickstarters that individual staff members back. These disclosures will show up in the review itself.”
Back on September 4th, 2014, before the Game Journo Pros were leaked and around the time Anthony Burch threw Destructoid under the bus, former editor-in-chief Dale North posted up an ethics statement on Destructoid to let the community know that they would be striving for transparency and honesty with the community. While North tried hard to avoid addressing the turmoil surrounding the blow-up of Nathan Grayson’s relationship with a developer that led to #GamerGate starting, he did make it known that Destructoid wanted to do right by the community, stating…
“We can’t magically resolve all of the issues that plague the videogame industry. But, we feel it’s important to disclose some thoughts and policies that the staff holds dear. At the end of the day, we really just want to do our best to serve you the best we can, and we believe the way to do that is by being good and honest people.”
Following the Allistair Pinsof expose that resulted in Dale North resigning from Destructoid, Jonathan Holmes took over as the editor-in-chief at the gaming outlet.
Various members of the Destructoid staff have parted ways with the outlet including Hamza Aziz, the former CEO of Destructoid, who took leave back in January of 2015.
If the outlet is moving toward being the kind of ethical outlet that gamers have sought from their gaming press, then at least continuing to update their ethics policy and keeping it public is the right way to go about it.