Kotaku Will Be Auctioned Off With Other Gawker Assets On August 16th
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While many gamers are excited about the fact that Hulk Hogan’s suing Gawker has actually crippled and collapsed the company, they aren’t quite dead… not yet. In fact, Gawker’s assets are being auctioned off now that they’ve filed for bankruptcy.

Kotaku In Action – the sub-Reddit that keeps track of Social Justice Warrior politics, corruption and censorship in media – spotted the news in a recent update over on Gawker’s main page by Alex Pareene mentioning that they will be auctioning off assets starting August 16th. It’s a short and sweet post, absent of candy but full of justice being served.

Pareene keeps the post minimal, only occupying two paragraphs, part of which states…

“The publisher of this site, and many of your other favorite (Kotaku) and least favorite (Deadspin) blogs, will be sold at auction next week. We’re celebrating 14 years of hard-hitting independent journalism and also dog with a week of fond reminiscing, a few stories we’ve always wanted to do, and some fun surprises.”

This all comes after Hulk Hogan won his lawsuit against Gawker for what could legally be considered in the state of Florida as the publishing of revenge porn. It didn’t take much to convince a jury that Gawker was in the wrong, and they had Gawker hit with $140 million in damages. They’ve filed for appeal but in the meantime they’ve had to liquidate their assets by putting them up for auction, this follows on the heels of Gawker filing for a Chapter 11 bankruptcy and the owner of the company, Nick Denton, also filing for bankruptcy.

For those of you who don’t know, gamers have been fighting against Gawker and Kotaku for quite some time, particularly during 2014 at the height of #GamerGate, where an organized e-mail campaign was put together to help remove advertising from Gawker and its subsidiaries. It worked. The company reportedly lost seven digits worth of revenue due to the Operation Disrespectful Nod e-mail campaign, as reported by Politico.

Just ahead of this news about Gawker auctioning off their assets, former Kotaku writer Patrick Klepek took leave from the site, jumping ship to the new Vice Gaming section headed up by Austin Walker.

This also comes at a time when the Daily Mail is attempting to settle its defamation suit against Gawker, as reported by the Wall Street Journal. They don’t specifically say what they’re settling for but Gawker’s tawdry run of drudge journalism and tabloid news appears to be coming to an end.

Previously, reports swirled that IGN’s parent company Ziff Davis was interested in purchasing certain Gawker assets, specifically Jezebel, Gizmodo, Jalpnik and Kotaku. We’ll see if they follow through with that next week.

(Main image courtesy of Financial Times)


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  • Joseph Finn

    Don’t worry, you’ll still slide into irrelevance even without Kotaku and everyone else to mock you.

  • Dawn Blast

    *Rider Kicks Kotaku and watches it explode*

  • Raging Papist

    No company should even think about touching Kotaku and Jezebel unless they are intending to entirely remove the teams that are there, to cut the SJWs out. Otherwise, they will be inheriting a money sink and inheriting a major political problem.

    • Pesty

      Seriously, the only reason to purchase those those properties would be to strip the server towers and office supplies.

      They’ve been intellectually bankrupt for years.

  • HisShadowX

    Hopefully Peter Thiel buys them out that would be the ultimate irony

  • Time to see what company would be silly enough to buy Kotaku, and if they will at least be smart enough to fire everyone and start fresh as soon as they own it.

  • Alistair

    “& some fun surprises Like our parted words to shitlords every where thanks for nothing”.

    Joke aside it come to the head, it wasn’t gamers, it was hunk Horgan that deal the final blow.

    Kotaku couid still be important today if they never sided with femmists SJWs you reap what you sow kotaku. You did say hard hitting news how about hard shitting your readers is more like it.

    • Olivia

      Couldn’t had better said it myself.

  • TT

    “hard-hitting independent journalism”
    they’re still trying to peddle that bullshit…

  • durka durka

    ” Gawker filing for a Chapter 11 bankruptcy and the owner of the company, Nick Denton, also filing for bankruptcy.”

    Sweet satisfaction but polygon, fucking polygon.

  • Mr.Towel

    IGN and Jezebel sounds like hell

  • Let’s hope that the next person/company that takes over Kotaku adopts a more fair and unbiased approach and actually reports on video games instead of injecting the retarded gender-politics bullshit.

    I wouldn’t hold my breath though.

    • I get the feeling that Totilo isn’t going anywhere, but I could be wrong. Klepek obviously felt it was time to jet off to someplace new, so maybe they will clean house. Who knows?

      • Alistair

        Klepek saw the early warning signs & decided to jump then gone down with the ship. A wise move for Patrick.

        Maybe there hope for Klepek for not being so in the SJW club.

        • JoeSislack

          He’s just a kid who wants to be a big boy journalist but needs help from the sjw groupies in order to even have a job. I mean, he went to vice gaming which proudly states they have an agenda. That says it all.

  • C G Saturation

    It’s a shame we can’t auction Kotaku staff off to another planet. Sick of seeing huge conflicts of interest and lying assholes everywhere. We don’t need those people. All they do is make everything worse for everyone else.

    • durka durka

      Honestly man, i want polygon to be auctioned to another planet.

    • Dighunter

      Wish we could auction Jason Schreier’s head into a fucking guillotine.

  • Shogun1x

    Dun Dun Dun
    Another one bites the dust.