Kotaku Apologizes For Misreporting Nintendo Switch Story
(Last Updated On: November 17, 2016)

Kotaku recently had to correct an article and issue an apology after going on the attack against the YouTube outlet EWNetwork and content creator Etika. It turns out that their attempt to form a witch hunt against Etika was misguided.

Kotaku in Action user B-Volleyball-Ready posted up a timeline of events and details on how Kotaku messed up. Essentially they reported on a fake trailer for the Nintendo Switch from the EWNetwork by Etika. The video is below.

The video was a troll and featured a fake Nintendo Switch that was 3D printed by the same guy who trolled people earlier this year with a fake 3D printed Nintendo NX controller, Frank Sandqvist. There’s even a video from Sandqvist linked in the description of the video above showing how the fake Nintnedo Switch was made.

Kotaku, however, published an article on November 17th, 2016 accusing Etika of having setup a funding campaign to receive money out of fear of “repercussions from Nintendo” for the video posted above. It turns out that someone else made a separate funding campaign for the fake Nintendo Switch video, not Etika.

Etika took to Twitter to lambast Kotaku on their dangerous journalism, which saw various commenters on their article attacking the YouTuber based on the misinformation.

Writer Cecilia D’Anastasio posted a correction in the article, and then apologized to Etika on Twitter.

Part of the damage was already done and saw a number of Kotaku’s readers attacking Etika based on the parody video and the GoFundMe campaign (the latter of which he had nothing to do with).




This sort of ethical lapse is partly why #GamerGate came to fruition, and continues to find itself at the forefront of ethics in journalism to this very day… two years after its inception.

I was unable to reach out to Cecilia D’Anastasio because she has me blocked on Twitter.


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  • Reaper of Salt

    Shitaku, Your suppose to be dead. DEAD.

  • Fuck Kotaku.

  • TT

    kotaku just won’t die will it? I will say this as many times as needed, but thank god for GamerGate and thank god for Trump. May the pushback against this nonsense grow and grow.

  • FlamingoJet

    Kotaku apologized, that’s a first especially for misreporting.

    Seems Gamergate is working.

    • Alistair

      Yes that is a world first, Kotaku said sorry. now since they found the word sorry how about them saying sorry to gamers are dead articles.

      Sorry for being a tit arse, sorry for misleading you. Etc etc. Kotaku would crack by saying sorry to many times.

  • C G Saturation

    Kotaku can’t die soon enough.
    Watch them magically avoid the “fake news” label.

  • Grey

    Ah Kotaku. Even in the face of overwhelming distrust and even outright hostility towards dishonest news outlets, after multiple instances of poorly researched or blatantly unethical stories leading to the ruination of the lives of private citizens and hefty lawsuits that crush the life out of the publications, you remain a rock. You are and will always be just shit.

  • Hawk Hopper

    Why even have a false article up for 15 minutes, when, as this guy said, Kotaku niggas could have contacted him about the GoFundMe?

    Kotaku comments shown here are full of hyper sensitivity. “Even if he didn’t start the GoFundMe, a lie is a lie.” That is a being said in the comments of a Kotaku article that LIED ABOUT HIM . And then they go onto a victim narrative about YouTubers joking with their audiences being too much for the snowflake.

    Gizmodo related:

    A YouTube video went up from a guy who made a review of a MacBook where he criticized it. Gizmodo acted like good little Apple whores and attacked the reviewer because he didn’t like its loud keyboard.

    The senior writer for Gizmodo then liked a Tweet claiming the reviewer is sexist, of course without knowing his business hires female technicians.

    From the description:

    Gizmodo thought it was dumb that I brought up the volume of the new Macbook Pro keyboard, and thinks I should spend more time discussing the color of the machine. When I say “I would buy this for a secretary where I needed to tell if they were working”, they think this is SEXIST!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BQd0yfK0fc

    • anopolis

      those mother fuckers!!…they should’ve never mess with loui!!! i love that guy..don’t wanna kiss him or nothing…but they can eat shit and die..sexist?? man I hate journalists ..

      • Hawk Hopper

        I only fo.und about about his videos yesterday and only saw that Gizmodo attacked him because it was a recent upload. So, Gizmodo/Kotaku attacked two YouTuber in the span of a couple of days. Old, dinosaur prog click fest media is afraid of the new guys.

  • giygas

    More quality reporting from the Univision-owned CodeTaco.