Richard Lewis Calls Out Polygon, Kotaku For Fake News, Gatekeeping, Hit-Pieces
Richard Lewis

During this year’s Esports Awards 2019 ceremony, journalist Richard Lewis came away with the award as best e-sports journalist of the year, but instead of using that time to thank people the general public have never heard of, or pat himself on the back for a job well done or a career well-made, he instead used the opportunity to call out the outrage artists, the fake news peddlers, and the corrupt journalists who have done little more than drag the gaming industry (and e-sports) through the proverbial mud with a boot firmly on its neck.

There’s a now iconic clip of the speech available via Streamable, where Lewis spends just under four minutes truthfully highlighting the media blight that looms over the gaming industry.

If the video is taken down or is no longer made available, don’t worry because plenty of others have been re-uploading the clip to ensure that everyone sees it.

You can check out a backup video over on YouTube courtesy of Games Nosh.

If for some reason you’re unable to view the videos, after getting through the formalities, Lewis digs into Kotaku, Polygon, and the other propaganda peddlers, saying…

“So anyway, what I also wanted to talk about was why this award is important – not my award that I won, because that would be narcissistic, all our awards. Because we have to look after ourselves, because there are these external media companies that are looking at e-sports and they want to write the history and they want to tell the stories. And you know who I’m talking about: Polygon and people like that. Waypoint. The Kotakus.

 

“Right?

 

“And their approach to writing about our thing is two-fold. They’ve consistently embarrassed themselves writing pieces that expose their complete ignorance about our scene, lack of sources, and unoriginal opinions on topics we have talked to death for 20 years. The second is to write hit-pieces and smears, mostly propagated on half-truths or out-and-out lies, and it’s about some of you in this room.

 

“Give ’em hell.

 

“They write about it because they think they get one or two or twelve of you out of the way, they can get their friends in, get their cronies in, and gatekeep our industry.

 

“So let’s compare and contrast: The reason I’m stood here is probably one story. I wrote a story about a great guy, one of our best ambassadors, Rick Fox, who was receiving racial abuse while he was in Echo Fox. It was a disgrace what happened to him. I love that guy, we all owe him a great debt. That’s the kind of story I want to break, and that’s the kind of story I want to fight for.

 

“Let’s have a look at some of their greatest hits… from the mainstream games press. Well, outside of Cecilia [D’Anastasio]’s work, it’s not great. There were the lies about a CS:GO major event being a Trump rally because a journalist misread a sign. Great work.

 

“What about the time they all rallied around to stop abuse of a female Overwatch player… that didn’t exist? Which they would have found if they did a cursory fact check.

 

“And of course there’s the annual hit-piece that they write to cancel any one of you. Oh, or what about that interview they did with the world’s most popular streamer outside of a toilet? One throwaway quote still haunting him today. It’s an outrage.

 

“So anyway, despite this. I want to welcome good journalists from a non-e-sports background into the scene, because there are hundreds of stories every year that must be told to make our industry better.

 

“I stuck it out for fifteen years because I care. I care about this industry, I care about everyone in this room, and I care about everyone at home, and that’s why I want to make it as best as it can be. Thanks so much for this award, I love you all dearly.”

I’m glad he pointed out the whole Ellie controversy surrounding Overwatch, because that was one of the most obnoxious fake news stories of the year.

Lewis wasn’t done exposing the corrupt mainstream media, though.

He pointed out that the reason he was being applauded in the room was because a lot of those people had been on the receiving end of the hit-pieces he mentioned in his speech. He also forewarned that the GameJournoPros would likely convene and pump out hit-pieces come Monday.

Even if there isn’t a deluge of attacks against Lewis on Monday, they will eventually arrive. It’s a systematic pattern at this point that we’ve seen play out time and time over again since that fateful day in 2014 where the games press declared gamers were dead.

(Thanks for the news tip Ebicentre)

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