Vice Lays Off Waypoint Gaming Journalist Mike Diver Amid Restructuring
Mike Diver Waypoint
(Last Updated On: July 22, 2017)

Vice Waypoint is the video game arm of the online website Vice. The media publication has about 3,000 staff across multiple departments covering all manner of topics. They recently laid off 2% of staff according to Variety, which affected 60 layoffs on Friday. One of those laid off was associate editor Mike Diver from Vice’s gaming portal, Waypoint.

Diver took to Twitter to announce his departure from Waypoint, which came by way of a Facebook message informing him that he was let go from the media outlet.

This coincides with Variety’s report about Vice letting go of staff beginning July 21st, 2017.

According to Mike Diver, he put in up to a dozen hours a day working at the site, and has been contributing to Waypoint since 2013.

Diver is no stranger to #GamerGate. He penned two pieces back in 2014, claiming to be neutral but spending a good portion of his first article condemning #GamerGate’s efforts, which was entitled “Does Someone Have to Actually Die Before GamerGate Calms Down?” that was published on October 14th, 2014, focusing more-so on the harassment narrative.

Diver later put together another piece “GamerGate Hate Affects Both Sides, So How About We End It?”, which was published just barely a week later on October 20th, 2014.

Unlike many other journalists covering the event, Diver did at least acknowledge the dangers of groups like JournoList and the GameJournoPros. A majority of his take on matter centered around the scant threats sent by egg accounts toward various individuals – threats that barely accounted for a percentage of more than a million #GamerGate tweets that took place between August and October of 2014, as noted by Newsweek.

Diver wasn’t exempt from taking shots at the gaming community, as he was clearly against fan-service games like Senran Kagura 2, opting to label those who play it as potential molesters in his September, 2015 article.

Diver also has a single sensationalism entry on his DeepFreeze.it profile, highlighting his take on Mike “Notch” Persson and the debacle involving the term “mansplaining”.

Diver clearly doesn’t have the pedigree of corruption like those from Kotaku or Polygon, but Diver has done plenty to stir the pot and rock the boat in the gaming community when it comes to tackling Social Justice Warrior topics and covering people who have made it a goal to smear the gaming industry from top to bottom.

(Thanks for the news tip Mombot)


Ads (learn more about our advertising policies here)



About

Billy has been rustling Jimmies for years covering video games, technology and digital trends within the electronics entertainment space. The GJP cried and their tears became his milkshake. Need to get in touch? Try the Contact Page.

  • AlecJ

    It sure doesnt help that Vice Gaming is the worst kind of cultural Marxist propaganda outlet. It employs mildly talented but deranged children, poisoned by academia and coastal political bubbles.

    They continually put social justice before games, in their coverage, in their writing…..and that makes them a tiny club performing for each other, and their radical left wing bosses.

    Its pathetic and empty…..but more importantly its not financially viable.

    Im sure this is merely the first cost cutting measure in a department that is redundant for Vice politically, and a boring train wreck to gaming fans. You can find the same pablum on a million nutty left wing blogs, not to mention on IGN and Gamespot in a lesser, more palatable to the masses, form.

    Ive always predicted that Waypoint would disappear within a fairly short amount of time. The Marxist locusts would come in, do nothing to offer a viable product, and suck the place dry……then move on to the next gig.

    It is a sjw story as old as time.

    Over/Under on the next Waypoint culling?

  • Kim Jong Jim

    Praise Kek! Have fun on the dole, Diver.

  • Bret Hart

    Its Hilarious reading these older articles on Gamergate. Never seen such propaganda openly done since Reefer Madness or the usual North Korea video.

  • Alistair

    Anyways he had to go, with the crap he says “does someone have to die” remark.

    No cuck diver, no one needs to die, you lot are given a choice.

    You either quit what you putting out, or going to get fired like Jed found out.

    People don’t realise you can be a critic of something but not having a agenda to get it censored or banned and that what you seeing.

    It like criticism isn’t enough as they don’t move on, and insist the game need to change, or censored or even banned.

    Edit: if you see other sites on the back of gamergate you would have seen disclosure and disclaimers. As a opinion piece of article. This site is a good example just the other day I seen a disclosure article.

  • Alistair

    Vice it sound like a dirty whore website, with that sort of name for a website that just asking for trouble. lol 😂

    #Anotheronebitesthedust.

  • Kiryu

    After Jed Whitaker another great news.Could this be the start of the purge of sjws in the media?

    • I doubt it. Vice is just downsizing to refocus their efforts on video content since that’s where they see the money being. They’ll continue to be SJWs… only with a greater focus on video content, like MTV.

    • I doubt it. Vice is just downsizing to refocus their efforts on video content since that’s where they see the money being. They’ll continue to be SJWs… only with a greater focus on video content, like MTV.

    • Disqusted

      Vice has been heavily pushing Soros agenda for a long time. I think I recall hearing they were funded and created for that purpose, like Polygon, etc. They’re not going to suddenly turn against their primary goals. At least, I can’t see it happening.

      • Bret Hart

        “I think I recall hearing they were funded and created for that purpose, like Polygon, etc.”

        Polygon is in Microsoft’s pocket.
        https://archive.is/Yfmti

    • Disqusted

      Vice has been heavily pushing Soros agenda for a long time. I think I recall hearing they were funded and created for that purpose, like Polygon, etc. They’re not going to suddenly turn against their primary goals. At least, I can’t see it happening.

  • hurin

    How did Austin Walker end up being Editor in chief if Mike was the one who started the site? Don’t tell me he got replaced by his own diversity hire.

    • He got replaced by his own diversity hire.

    • He got replaced by his own diversity hire.

    • Lyle

      #cuckedbyvice

    • Lyle

      #cuckedbyvice

  • VersVlees

    The soup kitchen line is growing.

  • Mr.Towel

    It’s GG Christmas this week!

  • Mr.Towel

    It’s GG Christmas this week!

  • totenglocke

    God, this week was amazing!

  • giygas

    https://twitter.com/mombot/status/888589205567225856

    That tweet aged well, didn’t it?

    • Disqusted

      Assholes shouldn’t even be employed to begin with. And they’re the same shits that bitch about us being “hateful”. So sick of their free pass to being hypocritical projecting scum.

    • Disqusted

      Assholes shouldn’t even be employed to begin with. And they’re the same shits that bitch about us being “hateful”. So sick of their free pass to being hypocritical projecting scum.

  • Hawk Hopper

    Nearly three years later and GamerGate is still having good weeks.