The Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Good Game has been cancelled after a decade of being on air. The show was hosted by Steven “Bajo” O’Donnell and Stephanie “Hex” Bendixsen and created and produced by Janet “Sydski” Carr and a team of others. The cancellation came as a surprise to the crew after they announced back in December of 2016 that the next season would start in mid February.
According to Kotaku Australia, the mid-February relaunch won’t be happening because the plug has been pulled on Good Game.
The online show Good Game: Spawn Point will remain but the main Good Game show is no more. Both Steven O’Donnell and Stephanie “Hex” Bendixsen are no longer working at the studio and opted to leave to pursue other endeavors.
According to a post on the official Facebook page for Good Game, they announced…
“In light of this major setback, and changes in the way audiences are choosing to get their information about gaming, the ABC has decided to end the long and successful run of the show. We plan to continue Spawn Point in a new format.”
Essentially they’re saying that viewership was down. However, it’s interesting because Good Game was a digitally syndicated show, so it wasn’t like they weren’t part of the current digital boom happening in online media. Their YouTube account shows that they have 67,949 subscribers, as of the writing of this article. The YouTube channel has been around for four years.
Ultimately they just couldn’t seem to compete with other online gaming news resources and media content creators out there. ABC decided to pull the plug and cut their losses. Senior producer Peter Burns lamented the decision from the broadcasting corporation to scale back the budget and axe the shows.
@ComradeMik money = manpower. Pocket was the exact show the ABC should have been making. It’s absurd that they abandoned it.
— Peter Burns (@Pierreth) January 31, 2017
Good Game, however, did lose some favor amongst their audience for joining in on attacking gamers for being sexist misogynists during the height of #GamerGate. YouTuber The Australian Patriarchy did a recap of Good Game‘s meltdown over #GamerGate.
Good Game was also complicit in burying interviews that were neutral or favorable toward #GamerGate, aiding the ABC’s other night time show 7:30, where they ran a biased hit-piece on #GamerGate back in 2014. The piece garnered enough attention from angry viewers to initiate a campaign to the ACMA, a journalistic and broadcasting standards outfit that looks into unethical behavior from media outlets in Australia.
The ACMA absolved the ABC of any wrongdoing, but senators in Australia were intent on cutting the budget, and an e-mail campaign by #GamerGate was aimed at contacting local representatives to get them to look into re-examining the fiduciary integrity of the ABC, following their misrepresented coverage of #GamerGate.
Apparently attacking their own audience and toeing the line of calling gamers “sexist” and “misogynists” didn’t result in Good Game growing their audience or justifying the budget that ABC was pouring into the show.