Former Joystiq, Kotaku, and The Escapist Editors Form Super Group

January 4, 2012 -

The name "Justice League" was already taken, unfortunately. Yesterday Kotaku's long-time editor-in-chief Brian Crecente announced that he was leaving the website, and today we know where he's going: Vox Media. They own tech site The Verge (and sports site SB Nation), but that's not where Crecente is heading. Instead he'll join former Joystiq editor-in-chief Chris Grant, former The Escapist editor-in-chief Russ Pitts, former UGO.com Games Editor (among other things) Chris Plante, former MTV Multiplayer front man Russ Frushtick, former Joystiq Previews Editor Arthur Gies and former Joystiq Reviews editor Griffin McElroy at an all-new venture.

Grant, who seems to be in charge of this group, says on his personal blog that this talent pool is not yet complete and that they are still adding staff. No doubt these future hires will be high profile writers from prominent game-related outlets. Vox Media is spending quite a bit of money on talent and technology to launch a brand new site.

"In terms of hiring these editors, I thought it would be harder than it was — I thought the idea of putting a lot of chefs in the kitchen would be unpalatable to a lot of people," Grant told Business Insider. "But I found the opposite to be true. Everyone was excited about it, and everyone had also sort of felt the same way, that there was this bigger opportunity to take advantage of [the environment] that hadn’t really happened yet."

"Building off the amazing tech already in place at The Verge, we’re going to be making a site that’s as fun to play with as it is to read," Grant said on his personal blog. "And once your eye jellies have absorbed every word, you’ll be able to chat about games with a community you’ll really want to interact with."

Finally, Griffin McElroy details what everyone will be doing at this new site from Vox. The short answer is that Crecente will take charge of the news, and Grant will be in charge. 

Source: Business Insider

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Re: Former Joystiq, Kotaku, and The Escapist Editors Form ...

as long as it isn't run like the neo nazi style "do and say what we like or we ban you without warning" thing that kotaku has now.

it literally takes just a simple comment pointing the writers errors, or a problem with the article and BAM.. insta ban.

kinda funny tbh, so many long time commenters annihilated by this lately, leaving not but suckups in their wake.

Re: Former Joystiq, Kotaku, and The Escapist Editors Form ...

Jeff Gerstmann will be getting a phone call soon :P

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Re: Former Joystiq, Kotaku, and The Escapist Editors Form ...

Pardon but, who?

Re: Former Joystiq, Kotaku, and The Escapist Editors Form ...

The guy fired from GameSpot for his Kane and Lynch review.

http://www.gamepolitics.com/search/node/Jeff%20Gerstmann

 

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Re: Former Joystiq, Kotaku, and The Escapist Editors Form ...

Ah ,the fiasco that highly exposed the problems with most game ratings publications.

Re: Former Joystiq, Kotaku, and The Escapist Editors Form ...

Looks like something to replace the escapist with!


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Re: Former Joystiq, Kotaku, and The Escapist Editors Form ...

Does anyone actually go to The Escapist anymore, or at least just for the videos?

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Re: Former Joystiq, Kotaku, and The Escapist Editors Form ...

They still have ZeroPunctuation and MovieBob. But if ZeroPunctuation leaves, that'll be the point that not even MovieBob can make me stick around. Losing Extra Credits might have been their death blow or simply an handicapping blow, time will tell, but I'm delighted they found refuge in the fold of Penny Arcade.

Re: Former Joystiq, Kotaku, and The Escapist Editors Form ...

Since Extra Credits left, not really. I went there once in the last several months to watch Jimquisition, but that was it.

Re: Former Joystiq, Kotaku, and The Escapist Editors Form ...

I do, but I also read about 15 other sites on top of it, so it's part of a long list for me. It is one of the first places I visit though.

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