ABC’s Good Game In Australia Gets Cancelled
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(Last Updated On: January 31, 2017)

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.

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.


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  • DDD-kun

    oh. oh no. how tragic. who could have predicted this tragic turn of events. oh noooooo.

  • dirtysteve

    Popular host leaves, attractive female enters, producer dates female. Show starts spouting off political views female holds.

    Oh yeah, that show was doomed.

  • MusouTensei

    And nothing of value was lost.

  • Suck shit.

  • durka durka

    I watched a bit, they are horrible, how do people watch this? They are like total noobs.

  • jlnod15

    Looks good on them.

  • Duder

    Oh, I’m familiar with this once good show turned into SJW kiddy crap. Their downfall started when they fired the hardcore gamer and co-founder of the show, Junglist and hired the Anita Sarkeesian worshipper that is Hex. Not surprising the show is eventually canned. Extreme SJW and beta males like Bajo aren’t a good recipe to attract your average gamer.

    • RIP The Junglist. I remember the shitstorm on their forums.

    • dirtysteve

      She ended up dating the producer, then the show started mirroring her views.

  • I don’t think I’ve seen this show before nor their YouTube channel, but judging from what Billy wrote in the article, I take it that they’re just yet another leftard SJW games media who promotes “muh diversity”, “equality” and kisses Anita Sarkeesian’s ringpiece?

  • giygas

    BREAKING NEWS!
    Yokels Attack Own Audience, Wonder Why Viewership and Ratings Are Sinking

  • TT

    i never even heard of this show.

  • Disqusted

    Don’t recall ever hearing about this. I know the ABC was making up shit on their news, and got away with it because Australia loves bullshit propaganda.

    Australia often refers to itself as “a multicultural paradise”, while constantly suffering from racist shit like beating up exchange students, shoving used tampons in their mouth, and yelling at random people to go back to their own country.

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    Kek

  • Hawk Hopper

    GG still winning.

  • Bret Hart

    Good! Fuck em!

  • Good fucking riddance.