Metacritic Drops Corrupt Publication from its Listing

Review aggregate website Metacritic.com told CVG that it has been forced to remove a games publication from its review listings after uncovering “corrupt practices”.

Metacritic co-founder Marc Doyle did not reveal the name of the publication in question, nor the exact nature of the “corrupt practices;” however, he did suggest a possibility:

There are many reasons why I would drop somebody [from games review listings]. There’s corruption – people can be bought, absolutely.

Doyle commented on MetaCritic’s review process for adopting new publications:

It [comes down] to a number of things: It’s the quality of the analysis, the quality of the writing; do they have an audience; are they respected in the gaming community… is there a reputation for scoring integrity?

[That means] are they going to give [a game] 4/5 and say it’s one of the best of the year, and then give another game 4/5 and say it’s really a letdown. I’ve got to see that they’re being responsible internally with that scoring. If they’re not – if they’re being irresponsible, or being contrarian or ridiculous, which happens all the time – I won’t pick them up.

It’s reassuring to know that Metacritic is doing its due diligence in accepting — and maintaining — only legitimate reviewers.

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1 Comment on Metacritic Drops Corrupt Publication from its Listing

apoc

On July 15, 2011 at 12:41 am

I understand what he’s trying to say and do, and I applaud him for that, but wouldn’t his policies exclude almost 80% of known publications? Anyone who takes ad money from a publisher/etc and then publishes a review on a game from that publisher is working within a conflict of interest.