Ben Kuchera Leaves Ars, Kyle Orland Steps In

Ars Technica's senior gaming editor Ben Kuchera, is leaving the site after nearly a decade of service to the Conde Nast publication. He's taken a job at Penny Arcade where he'll direct the site's gaming coverage. Kuchera will be replaced by former Gamasutra contributor Kyle Orland.

“I could have happily worked for Ars Technica for the rest of my life, but when I received a call from Penny Arcade's Jerry Holkins, I began to think how great it would be to embark on a new adventure. Penny Arcade offered me the same thing that made me so insistent on writing for Ars: the ability to try to do my own thing at a site I love and respect,” Kuchera said in this farewell post on Ars Technica.

“Making the move to writing about the gaming industry for Penny Arcade is going to take some adjustment, but they've done everything right when it comes to expanding their brand, and I'm proud to have been asked to be a part of those efforts. You'll be able to find my coverage at Penny Arcade starting in the next few weeks, and we'll be able to share more details very soon.”

Naturally Kuchera will have to tailor his commentary to the Penny Arcade audience, which is a stark contrast to the audience at Ars Technica.

Kuchera also introduced himself to the community at Penny Arcade and answered a few questions about what he plans to do going forward.

“We're kicking around thoughts on how to organize the content, but to start you can expect great, in-depth stories every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. After that we'll think about what else we can do while keeping the standards high. Expect fewer, longer stories,” he wrote.

Kyle Orland had been working for several outlets on a part-time basis including MSNBC and VentureBeat prior to today's announcement.

We wish Ben and Kyle the best in their new endeavors.

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