The Nintendo editor at IGN.com is being investigated by IGN for plagiarism of his ‘Dead Cells’ Switch review. Nintendo editor Filip Miucin is accussed of copying the review of YouTuber Boomstick Gaming who uploaded his review last week. IGN has released a statement containing the following:
We’ve reviewed the allegations against one of our writers regarding our review of Dead Cells. After taking the time to investigate, we’ve determined that there were substantial similarities between a review posted weeks earlier and our review that could not be justified and warranted taking down. Though we as a community often share feelings and even certain word choices to describe the games we love by using similar frames of understanding, this particular situation stepped over the line and is not a reflection of our editorial standards. We apologize to our readers, developer Motion Twin, and most especially the YouTuber known under Boomstick Gaming for failing to uphold those standards.
We take our review process seriously. In most cases reviewers are expected to play a game’s single-player or story campaign to completion at least once, as well as spend additional time capturing gameplay to supply content to the video component of our reviews. Though our Dead Cells reviewer played the game and came away with glowing opinions of it–as did many of our staff members–the review itself was simply not acceptable. We’ve parted ways with the writer involved in the review, and we will be re-reviewing Dead Cells this week. We will work tirelessly to ensure that, regardless of whether you agree with our reviews, you can have faith that every word is nothing less than the genuine opinions of our critics. Nothing is more important to us than your trust.
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