Jeff Gerstmann was indeed fired from Gamespot because of a poor score

By on March 16, 2012

He “couldn’t be trusted” as editorial director.

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Jeff Gerstmann, a former editor of Gamespot, today revealed the circumstances behind his termination from the gaming website five years ago. It was rumored at that time that his departure was the result of his negative review of Kane & Lynch, with the game’s publisher twisting the company’s arm tight enough to ensure that Gerstmann never wrote for the website ever again.

Today, Gerstmann confirmed that was indeed why he was fired from his editorial position.

The disclosure comes as part of a recent deal that has seen Gerstmann’s Giant Bomb purchased by CBS Interactive, the parent company of his former employer, Gamespot. In a slightly tense and awkward interview with Gamespot’s John Davison, Gerstmann detailed the infamous incident.

He said that he was “called into a room” by the CBS management and was “terminated” because he “couldn’t be trusted” as the editorial director due to his poor review of Eidos’ third-person shooter.

Gerstmann also shared other such instances where his team at Gamespot was pressurized into producing a favorable review. He gave an example of how Sony threatened to pull advertisement money from the website if its action-platformer Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction received anything other than a near perfect score. Gamespot eventually gave it a 7.5.


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  • http://www.socialvideogaming.com/ SteveO GameO

    ha, good way to get back at your boss. now thats whats up.

  • Anonymous

    hmmm…… !!!

  • Anonymous

    Wait so now his own website is owned by the same owners of his previous employer? Way to stick it to the man… :|

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  • Taylor

    He states in the interview that those responsible for the incident have since moved on to other places. He had nothing but good things to say about Gamespot’s current team. In fact, the decision to fire him had little to do with Gamespot, but rather CBS Interactive.

    • Anonymous

      Yet he sold his new company to the company who screwed him.

      • http://twitter.com/risspooh Mayor McBoobyButt

        It’s not HIS company, and on top of that, the management from CBSi that caused this debacle years back no longer work there.

  • Commodore

    I didn’t want to be that guy, but shouldn’t it be “pressured into” not “pressurized into?” The additional 2 letters make a pretty big difference.

  • http://twitter.com/Figcoinc Digital Boundaries

    You forgot to include the part in this story where it has been stated by the entire Gamespot, and Giantbomb crew that those responsible for the eventual termination of Jeff are no longer part of the gaming industry at any level. In other words the businessmen who pressured the site owners to do this no longer (thankfully) work in the games industry. It is sad that this happened, and everyone’s assumptions were true, but gamers do not take it out on GameSpot nor the current business staff running the sites. They are NOT the same people at all. Plus Jeff/Ryan have FULL editorial control over Giantbomb. Plus, I am sure those who run the business end this time around are WELL aware that this does not fly and I pity the executive who dares pull this stunt again to any GameSpot/ Giantbomb employee. Here is the the exact Tweet from Ryan Davis: Ryan Davis ‏ @taswell Close
    For those looking for Jeff to “name names”, it’s a moot point. ZERO of those people are even in the same industry anymore.

  • Gamingsince75

    He gave an example of how Sony threatened to pull advertisement money from the website if its action-platformer Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction received anything other than a near perfect score……Curious how different the responses would be had he named MS or Nintendo on that one.

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