Eidos, Gamespot and Gerstmann Feud Rumors Spanning the Internet

There are rumors and speculation burning up the internet this morning regarding whether or not Gamespot may have fired Jeff Gerstmann, over his Kane & Lynch review. Owned by CNET, Gertsmann had been with the company for over 11 years and while according to sources he was not the most popular “man on campus”, he was a respected reviewer and had fans that included several gambits of the gaming community.

One of the rumors circulating the internet is that Eidos requested the firing due to Gerstmann giving Kane & Lynch a less than stellar review. Eidos had pumped plenty of funds into advertising on Gamespot along with allowing site readers to cut their own trailers for the game. While conspiracy theorists are saying that this was the main reason for his dismissal, a source close to they fray is stating anonymously that it was indeed the review that got Gerstamnn axed. While the Kane & Lynch advertisements are still on the site, Gerstmann’s video review has been taken down – but thanks to the YouTube generation you can see it posted above.

The video I have posted is the reason people are saying Gerstmann’s was fired – not his text review in which he gave the game a 6/10. Another rumor states that he left in a huff over his review being edited for tone- this is the one I find hardest to believe. Most gaming sites (including this one) have each feature and review edited for accuracy, length, misspellings, quality or other reasons before they are posted. This is nothing new to any sort of site or actual magazine that publishes reviews or any other sort of content. Considering the fact that Gerstmann has been in this business for over 11 years, he would be used to the cutting room floor by now.


Not only was Gerstmann head of the reviews team, he also hosted a weekly video show called “On The Spot”, and wrote the music for many different audio and video publications on the site. Tim Tracy, who was the former head of video at the company, has also left -but at this time it is not clear as to whether the two incidences are related; however, speculation as to whether each were fired or left on their own accord is increasing.

Rock, Paper, Shotgun posted the last paragraph on the K&L review on their site, and I cannot see anything really wrong with it. Here it is:

Kane & Lynch: Dead Men is a premise with promise, and if you’ve been waiting patiently for a game to really dive into the whole “crew-based heist tale” concept, you might be able to look past some of the story flaws. But when you consider the nearly ridiculous number of extremely high-quality shooters available recently, there’s not much room for something like Kane & Lynch, even taking into account the somewhat unique nature of its story. That said, the multiplayer is a smart idea that’s worth seeing, even if playing it makes you wish that it was used in another, better game.”

How is that any different from what most reviewers are saying? It is not, thus the reasoning that Eidos may have threw a temper tantrum and threatened to pull much needed advertising dollars from Gamespot’s budget. While the need to receive money from advertisements is an essential part of keeping a magazine or online site afloat, most publishing companies act with integrity and stand by their writers’ opinions. Honesty and opinions are what make exciting and refreshing reading – if you want one sided just watch Fox News (Republicans) or MSNBC (Democrats). Gamers want the reviewer to be honest so that they can make an educated decision on whether they want to waste a rental fee on the game or their hard earned paychecks instead. We need this in our industry if it is going to survive, and to bow down to a publisher to wants nothing but a “good” review for their game no matter if it is crap or not – is just silly. Publishers should have the guts to admit when they have produced a pile of dung, then stick out their chin and try not to make the same mistake twice. It is called accountability – not grade school politics.

However at this time, Gamespot and Eidos have yet to made a public statement regarding the rumors and Gerstmann is also not saying anything either. The forums for both Eidos and Gamespot have been lighting up since last night and Eidos has for the present, locked all of the threads relating to this incident and have supposedly deleted any derogatory posts. How professional.

Until official word surfaces regarding the actual events that transpired over this unfortunate situation, we will all just have to sit and wait with baited breath. Hopefully, Gerstmann himself will make an official statement, but more than likely he cannot as I am sure he had to sign some sort of “nondisclosure agreement”. Stay tuned for more on this.

Thanks: Rock, Paper, Shotgun

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16 Comments on Eidos, Gamespot and Gerstmann Feud Rumors Spanning the Internet


On November 30, 2007 at 1:14 pm

Gamespot sucks, I usually don’t visit their site, yet another reason not too. Edios made a ty game too.


On November 30, 2007 at 1:55 pm

I agree with Jeff. 3rd person shooters are just kinda stupid to begin with. The only one so far this year that has been worth a damn was Lost Planet. But that aside. They should just change this to a FPS and it would be alot better. People say they like to be able to see there charater while they play but once you see it, it gets old in about an hour after you see all the scripted moves he can do. Then it just gets on your nerves.

Shawn Sines

On November 30, 2007 at 2:23 pm

Anyone else see irony in the fact that uite often Kane & Lynch is the ad associated with this article?

Sorry.. just thought it was funny after reading it and scrolling down to read the comments.


On November 30, 2007 at 2:50 pm

kane and lynch is


On November 30, 2007 at 3:04 pm

Im a little upset that this site is still running kane and suck ads, but i undersand you need to pay your bills.
Im boycotting all c-net network sites, cancelled my podcast/gamespot subscrition and i will never buy any game ever released by Edios or any other company that wants to pull this sh*t.
I think c-net and gamespot should have stuck by there employie’s an shouldnt have bowed down to the almighty dollar, Eidos and c-net your not very good companys as it is an i hope this make you go out of business.


On November 30, 2007 at 3:09 pm

faster than you already were. Anybody who still wants this PLEASE buy it USED dont support this kind of behavior dont give this company money i dont support the used games industry but its better than giving money to a corrupt company who’s now worse than EB/Gamestop or EA in my book.


On November 30, 2007 at 3:26 pm

Wow.. I am a die hard Hitman fan, and I have always liked Eidos, but this is just too ridiculous.
Now we will start seeing more games given scores based on the amount of money the company puts into the site, instead of rating it on its actual content.
Good game Eidos, way to piss and moan like little babies because your game turned out like complete crap.
I for one will never be purchasing another Eidos game ever, and I have now banned Gamespot..
I hope it was worth losing all this business you whiny little babies.
Spend less time persecuting people that give fair reviews, and more time building a game that doesn’t suck..

Ron Whitaker

On November 30, 2007 at 4:24 pm

@Chad28 – We here at Gaming Today have little to no control over the ads you see here. They are network wide.

@the topic in general: No one really knows what happened yet. Maybe he left of his own accord, maybe he was fired. Maybe Eidos had something to do with it, and maybe they didn’t.

Rampant speculation means nothing. While we can report on the fact that there is a controversy on the subject, anyone reading this report should realize that there are no facts to support any conclusion yet. Perhaps we’ll hear more details in the future, and maybe we won’t.

You can’t blame Eidos for deleting derogatory posts on their own forums, especially if they feel they had nothing to do with the situation. When you post on any forum, you basically agree that your content is no longer yours, and the owners of that forum can do as they like with it.

The best course of action here is to wait, and see what develops.


On November 30, 2007 at 5:10 pm

“You can’t blame Eidos for deleting derogatory posts on their own forums, especially if they feel they had nothing to do with the situation. When you post on any forum, you basically agree that your content is no longer yours, and the owners of that forum can do as they like with it.”

I agree that once you post a comment that it is no longer yours, and I also agree that they have every right to do whatever they wish with their forums. However, deleting all of the threads, etc just makes them look guilty. The professional thing would have been to post an announcement, tell the folks to take their blabber elsewhere, and then lock the thread. Otherwise, you take the risk that any future traffic to your site from the posters and their buddies will cease to exist and that is the last thing Eidos needs right now – especially if they are indeed guilty of acting like irate toddlers.


On November 30, 2007 at 5:51 pm

Really, Eidos needed to delete all those threads. I saw when this started breaking late last night, and the eidos forums were just a bunch of spam threads containing graphic disturbing images (fortunately I only saw one, and that one was apparently one of the better ones). Seriously disturbing stuff (NSFW? It’s a term I hadn’t heard of until last night, but apparently that’s what it’s called. Not Safe For Work? That stuff wasn’t safe for any situation).

Shawn Sines

On November 30, 2007 at 5:58 pm

Stephany: I disagree, Eidos did the responsible thing by containing the hate here.. the facts are not clear in the public.. people are being reactionary. I also think it is wrong to take a side until you know what happened. People should be interested in the facts and not to act like a bunch of Internet fanboys and start flame wars or boycots without the facts.. which a lot of people are not doing. All I see are assumptions and accusations.

It does not make Eidos more or less guilty if the facts bear out they had an impact on his termination.. CNet bears that responsibility.. and Jeff himself if he did something to violate the company policy that led to his firing. I also think it interesting that the video review is far more negative than his print version.. but who knows why that might be.

If nothing else Kane & Lynch just got more attention because of this – Good or Bad.


On November 30, 2007 at 6:01 pm

LOL yeah also if he left on his own why remove the review? A review from a former employee is as good as a review from a current one. He got railed and we all know it.


On November 30, 2007 at 6:16 pm

Dear God ppl.

“I saw when this started breaking late last night, and the Eidos forums were just a bunch of spam threads containing graphic disturbing images”

Yes, yes and yes…. the spam and stupidity needed to be deleted on the Eidos forums- but further fuel should not be added to the fire and get the panties belonging to fanboys even more in a twist than they already are. That is exactly what deleting certain threads have done and until someone comes along and puts all of the rumors and finger pointing to rest it will continue to spiral out of control like most things on the net do.

When we all finally find out IF… I repeat IF… he was fired because of giving the game a bad review, it will send waves of fright through reviewers who will then presume that they need to be careful because if you give the latest EA game (for example) a bad review you will get axed because they will no longer give the company you work for advertisement money.

But like I said in my post, “Until official word surfaces regarding the actual events that transpired over this unfortunate situation, we will all just have to sit and wait”.


On November 30, 2007 at 7:04 pm

Would now be a bad time to mention that I gave the game a 6 too? :oops:


On November 30, 2007 at 11:08 pm

LONG LIVE JEFF!!!!!!! :grin: Gamespot is off my list of trusted sites…

Shawn Sines

On November 30, 2007 at 11:10 pm

Won’t change a thing for me as a reviewer for any of the publications I write for. Being part of mainstream press as well as Filefront means I have certain protections because of the ethics of the management I work with.

I’ve given EA games bad reviews before, I’ve given Eidos bad reviews before.. maybe the difference comes from the fact that at least in the print side my income does not get generated by video game companies but general advertisers. Then again no one really reads any of my stuff as authoritative because I don’t write for IGN or CNet or Kotaku.. which is a sad statement on the industry and gamers as a whole. Not because my content is that good that it should be held up as gospel, but because gamers continue to flock to these sites and disdain anyone outside that system a lot of the time.

Present company excluded of course.