Kotaku

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Kotaku
Kotaku logo.svg
Type of site
Gaming blog
Owner Univision Communications
Created by Brian Crecente
EditorStephen Totilo
Website kotaku.com
Alexa rankDecrease Positive.svg 1,336 (February 2019) [1]
CommercialYes
LaunchedOctober 2004;14 years ago (2004-10)

Kotaku is a video game website and blog that was originally launched in 2004 as part of the Gawker Media network. [2] Univision Communications bought Gawker Media in August 2016 and rebranded it as Gizmodo Media Group. [3]

Video game electronic game that involves interaction with a user interface to generate visual feedback on a video device such as a TV screen or computer monitor

A video game is an electronic game that involves interaction with a user interface to generate visual feedback on a two- or three-dimensional video display device such as a TV screen, virtual reality headset or computer monitor. Since the 1980s, video games have become an increasingly important part of the entertainment industry, and whether they are also a form of art is a matter of dispute.

Gawker Media

Gawker Media LLC was an online media company and blog network.

Univision Communications American media company

Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) is an American media company headquartered in Midtown Manhattan. Since its founding in the early 1960s as Spanish International Network (SIN), the nation’s first Spanish language television network, the company has catered to Hispanic and Latino Americans. Today it is a multimedia company with 16 broadcast, cable and digital networks; 61 television stations; and online and mobile apps, products and content creation facilities in New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami.

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History

Kotaku was first launched in October 2004 with Matthew Gallant as its lead writer, with an intended target audience of young men. [4] [5] About a month later, Brian Crecente was brought in to try to save the failing site. [6] Since then, the site has launched several country-specific sites for Australia, Japan, Brazil and the UK. Previous contributors to the site include Luke Smith. [7] Crecente was named one of the 20 most influential people in the video game industry over the past 20 years by GamePro in 2009 [8] and one of gaming's Top 50 journalists by Edge in 2006. The site has made CNET's "Blog 100" list [9] and was ranked 50th on PC Magazine 's "Top 100 Classic Web Sites" list. [10] Its name comes from the Japanese otaku (obsessive fan) and the prefix "ko-" (small in size). [11]

Brian Crecente American journalist and columnist

Brian Crecente is an American journalist and columnist. He is the video games editor at Variety and in charge of game coverage at Rolling Stone.

Australia Country in Oceania

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country by total area. The neighbouring countries are Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and East Timor to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. The population of 25 million is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated on the eastern seaboard. Australia's capital is Canberra, and its largest city is Sydney. The country's other major metropolitan areas are Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide.

Japan Country in East Asia

Japan is an island country in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies off the eastern coast of the Asian continent and stretches from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and the Philippine Sea in the south.

In April 2014, Gawker Media partnered with Future plc to launch Kotaku UK, and with Allure Media to launch Kotaku Australia. [12]

Future plc British media company

Future plc is a British media company founded in 1985. It publishes more than 50 magazines in fields such as video games, technology, films, music, photography, home and knowledge. It is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index. The company also owns the US company Future US.

Kotaku is currently run by Stephen Totilo, who replaced Brian Crecente in 2012. [13]

Kotaku was one of several websites that was purchased by Univision Communications in their acquisition of Gawker Media in August 2016; Gizmodo Media Group was subsequently founded to house the Gawker acquisitions, operating under the Fusion Media Group, a division of Univision. [14]

Gizmodo Media Group is an online media company and blog network formerly operated by Univision Communications in its Fusion Media Group division. The company was created from assets acquired from Gawker Media during its bankruptcy in 2016. In April 2019, Gizmodo and The Onion were sold to private equity firm Great Hill Partners, which plans to combine them into a new company named G/O Media.

Fusion Media Group media company owned by Univision Communications

The Fusion Media Group is a division of Univision Communications. The company was launched in April 2016 after Univision bought out Disney's stake in Fusion through the Fusion Media Network joint venture between Univision & Disney-ABC. While Univision is focused on serving Hispanic America in Spanish, FMG is the company’s multi-platform, English language division dedicated to serving young, diverse America.

Controversy

In 2007, attorney Jack Thompson sued Gawker Media and site editor Brian Crecente over concerns that Kotaku declined to remove threatening user comments, [15] but the lawsuit was dismissed the next day. [16] In 2009, Business Insider reported that Hearst Corporation sought to buy Kotaku from Gawker Media. [17] In 2010, Kotaku criticized Japanese magazine Famitsu's glowing endorsement of a Konami game as a conflict of interest; Konami subsequently revoked Kotaku's invitation to the game's launch party. [18] In 2013, Forbes criticized Kotaku over what they called an inflammatory headline in a story about Hideki Kamiya; Kotaku rewrote the headline. [19]

Jack Thompson (activist) American activist and disbarred attorney

John Bruce Thompson is an American activist and disbarred attorney, based in Coral Gables, Florida. Thompson is known for his role as an anti-video-game activist, particularly against violence and sex in video games. During his time as an attorney, Thompson focused his legal efforts against what he perceives as obscenity in modern culture. This included rap music, broadcasts by shock jock Howard Stern, the content of computer and video games and their alleged effects on children.

<i>Business Insider</i> Financial and business news website published by Insider Inc.

Business Insider is an American financial and business news website published by Insider Inc. It operates international editions in the UK, Australia, China, Germany, France, South Africa, India, Italy, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Northern Europe, Poland, Spain and Singapore. Several International editions are published in local languages: Chinese, Dutch, French, Italian, German, Polish and Japanese. It is owned by the German publishing house, Axel Springer SE.

<i>Famitsu</i> periodical literature

Famitsu, formerly Famicom Tsūshin, is a line of Japanese video game magazines published by Gzbrain, a subsidiary of Kadokawa. Famitsu is published in both weekly and monthly formats as well as in the form of special topical issues devoted to only one console, video game company, or other theme. Shūkan Famitsū, the original Famitsū publication, is considered the most widely read and respected video game news magazine in Japan. From October 28, 2011 the company began releasing the digital version of the magazine exclusively on BookWalker weekly.

Blacklistings

In 2007, Kotaku ran a story about rumored upcoming features on the PlayStation 3, and Sony responded by temporarily blacklisting the website. [20] The site claimed in 2015 that they had been blacklisted by major game companies Bethesda Softworks and Ubisoft. [21]

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