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Gerstmann Gone from Gamespot–What Really Happened?

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Kyle Orland has been all over the Gamespot drama saga. Just to catch you up:

Jeff Gerstmann, the editorial director at CNET’s Gamespot.com, was abruptly fired last Wednesday after 11 years at the site. There’s a rumor going around that Gerstmann was canned because he was overly critical of Kane & Lynch, a game that was heavily advertised on the site. Eidos,the publisher, allegedly threatened to pull hundreds of thousands of dollars in advertising if Gerstmann wasn’t fired.

CNET has denied that the firing was based on advertiser pressure, Eidos has issued a blanket “no comment” and Gerstmann isn’t talking about the circumstances surrounding the firing (citing “legal reasons”).

Despite this, the gaming community is up in arms over the issue, vandalizing “user review” pages on Gamespot, posting criticism on the site’s forums (over 12,600 posts at last count) and planning boycotts and protests at the CNET offices. Rival publisher Ziff Davis staged an impromptu rally at their offices (across the street from CNET) and gaming blog destructoid.com has changed their front page banner to criticize Gamespot.

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