So a quick recap:
Recently the GMAs (Games Media Awards) were hosted for UK games journalists. For those unfamiliar with the GMAs, they're an awards ceremony designed to recognise the best writing from UK journos. They're voted for by PR, and sponsored by publishers. That right there is a problem. This year however, they went one further. They encouraged journos at an event to tweet a hashtag for a game, with the chance of winning a PS3. More no-nos.
John Walker's piece on this here does a brilliant job of explaining the implications of defending that choice (and oh boy did the journos who did that defend it).
So then Rob Florence (Scottish writer) does a brilliant piece in Eurogamer on the wider relationship between PR and journalists. He proceeds to quote public tweets from several journos and discuss why they might lead to questions of credibility. The original article is here, and the amended article here.
Lauren Wainwright (one of the quoted) has now threatened legal action, and Eurogamer have removed the 'offending' section. Rab stepped down.
Today I am completely ashamed of the widespread incredulous response amongst UK writers that Rab would write such things. Lauren Wainwright and every journalist who supported her have cast actual doubt on their credibility just by threatening to sue over an opinion piece that correctly quoted her public Twitter account. Thankfully enough UK writers have come out in support of Rab, damning both the GMAs and the response to the Eurogamer article, that I haven't entirely lost faith.
I didn't see any other threads about this so I thought I'd ask if anyone else has been following along, and what your take on it is.
Edit: John Walker just posted a follow up here. A good summary of everything.