In an article titled ‘Press Sneak Out’ Kotaku writer Jason Schreier makes it clear. He’s leaving the gaming news outlet Kotaku.
Some news: After eight years and some change, I am leaving Kotaku. I'm taking a few weeks off to finish up my book and hang out with my daughter, then starting a new job reporting on video games at another outlet. I wrote one last thing to say goodbye: https://t.co/zbWzhfEhll
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) April 16, 2020
As of right now it is unclear as to where he will be heading. What Jason Schreier has made clear though is the reason he’s leaving. In his statement on Kotaku’s website he links to this Deadspin piece written back in 2019. It details how Great Hill Partners, after buying sites like Deadspin and Kotaku. Engaged “in a terrifying blow to freedom of the press”.
Jason Schreier has said “When I think about what happened to Deadspin. Bile builds in my throat. After October 29, 2019. It became clear to me that I could not work at this company for much longer.”
He also makes it clear that his last 8 years at Kotaku have been thoroughly enjoyable. He praises how welcoming and utterly bonkers some of Kotaku’s reporting has been. Using their review of IGN’s exclusive review of Bioshock Infinite as an example. He also said:
“What I’ve always loved about this website is. […] thanks to the spirit of Gawker Media, it’s never been afraid to be simultaneously serious and dumb.”
The podcast Jason Schreier was a part of at Kotaku, Kotaku Splitscreen, will see its hosts more to a new podcast called Triple Click.
Recent stories Schreier has reported on are the lack of promised bonuses at Gearbox and the working conditions of places such as Naughty Dog.
In a final statement on Twitter Jason Schreier said this:
“I can’t speak highly enough of all of my colleagues at Kotaku (whom I will miss deeply), and I hope that the attrition at G/O Media convinces our private equity owners to make the management changes needed for all of our websites to survive.”
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