CNET Responds to Gerstmann Firing; Alleged "Employees" Comment on Situation
After all of the hoopla yesterday about Gerstmann getting canned from Gamespot – comes official word from CNET as to the reasons behind the firing. Here is their official stance:
“GameSpot takes its editorial integrity extremely seriously. For over a decade, GameSpot and the many members of its editorial team have produced thousands of unbiased reviews that have been a valuable resource for the gaming community. At CNET Networks, we stand behind the editorial content that our teams produce on a daily basis.”
Yep, that is all they have stated for the record, along with telling GamesIndustry.biz that “they do not elaborate on the circumstances, stating only that it was their policy not to comment on the status of its current or former employees. ”
So, there ya have it folks. For those of you wanting to know exactly what is going on with this, can be thankful and happy that Eidos most likely had nothing to do with this – as it was most likely a Gamespot issue. Gerstmann himself has confirmed to another gaming site that “legal reasons” prevent him from commenting on the rumors, but these legal ramifications have not stopped “supposed” Gamestop employees from ranting anonymously on different forums. Most recently these comments have been posted on Valleywag, and while you can never be quite sure these people are who they say they are, they do seem to be privy to some inside information.
Whatever the case may be, you can judge and speculate for yourselves. No matter what the truth may be, everyone will continue to think whatever they wish. Personally, I hope that if he was indeed fired for the reasons that these anonymous “employees” claim, that gamers will be intelligent enough to realize that this isolated incident is not indicative of gaming sites in general.
For the full barrage of comments from supposed employees of Gamespot, visit Kotaku’s take on the subject.
Thanks: GamesIndustry.biz, Kotaku, and ValleyWag