Destructoid Updates Ethics Policy Regarding Kickstarter Disclosures

#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 spotted on Kotaku in Action, on May 12th, 2015, reviews editor Chris Carter updated Destructoid’s ethics policy, stating…

“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.


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8 thoughts on “Destructoid Updates Ethics Policy Regarding Kickstarter Disclosures

  1. Good to see.

    My too-corrupt-to-read blacklist is really large at this point. Seems like I may be able to take Destructoid off it in the near future.

    1. Yeah, whenever I look anything up, all the top hits on Google are the most disgusting and corrupt sites known for spouting the most bullshit (eg. The Mary Sue, Polygon, Kotaku). What a shock. And interesting considering those sites tend to share the same few employees or they’re all good friends with each other.

      I always have to dig for a few pages before I find a site that I don’t recall as being dirty as shit.

      1. Yeah, they aren’t off yet.. I’m just keeping an eye on this new CEO/staff to see how they handle themselves.

        The previous regime of Destructoid was toxic and it’s a good thing they are washed out.

    1. Yeah, exactly.

      WE are supposed to be nothing more than an ineffectual hate mob that should have died off six or seven months ago.

      What happened instead? The FCC updated regulations, the FBI has determined that we are decidedly NOT a hate group, and sites continue to change their ethics policies.

      Yet we’re still just a bunch of raging white nerd basement dwellers that are no better than the KKK or ISIS.

      1. Morals and honesty are considered the most terrorizing traits in a corrupt society,

  2. Too little too late, but better than nothing. Carter seemed like a decent guy from what little I’ve seen of him.

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