GiantBomb Acquired by GameSpot Owner CBS Interactive

March 15, 2012 -

Jeff Gerstmann and friends formed GiantBomb after working at GameSpot, who fired him in 2007 for writing a Kane & Lynch: Dead Men review that Eidos disagreed with. Management at the company acquiesced to pressure from the publisher (because they were giving the popular site lots of advertising business) and let Gerstmann go.

But according to an AllThingsDigital report (and an official announcement made on the GiantBomb Live feed over at Justin.tv), GameSpot parent company CBS Interactive now owns GiantBomb. This puts Gerstmann under the same corporate system that allowed him to get the axe in the first place. Naturally Gerstmann and friends are in a stronger position than he was when he was a editor over at GameSpot.

Shelby Bonnie, the owner of publishing start-up Whiskey Media, has sold the company to BermanBraun. As part of the deal, BermanBraun will get video entertainment site Screened, tech site Tested, and anime and comics site Anime Vice. It will also get Whiskey’s content publishing platform.

The two other prominent sites owned by Whiskey, Giant Bomb and comic book database site Comic Vine — will be sold to CBS Interactive.

You can read the entire report here.

Source: AllThingsD. Thanks to Kyle Orland.

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Re: GiantBomb Acquired by GameSpot Owner CBS Interactive

I wasn't a big fan of his reviews, but I hated the fact he got laid off for telling his actual opinion, not the one Eidos wanted him to say.

It's kind of sad to see GiantBomb end up like this, but it's funny too, since Gerstmann will probably always be in a much better position now than he ever was working for GameSpot. Hell, he's probably got more than those who fired him to begin with.

I suppose it doesn't affect me too much in the end, though. I don't read many reviews, and that's ultimately because there are very few good ones that aren't biased today. If you want a honest review you'd be better off looking at an individual gamers blog, but whilst honest, they aren't necessarily high quality.

Re: GiantBomb Acquired by GameSpot Owner CBS Interactive

This is a shocking day for all of Whiskey Media's family of websites. Tested.com also announced a partnership with Mythbusters through this deal. One of these I can totally get behind, and the other I cannot.

edit: It should also be noted that at 4PM PST on Giantbomb and Gamespot, there will be a live stream with Gerstmann and Jon Davison going over why Jeff was fired and other things they were legally unable to answer prior to this deal.

Re: GiantBomb Acquired by GameSpot Owner CBS Interactive

One of the biggest strengths of Giant Bomb was that it wasn't beholden to corporate bullshit and the lighthearted staff.  It's upsetting to see it all go away.

Re: GiantBomb Acquired by GameSpot Owner CBS Interactive

I agree with you, but I'm certain that this is "just desserts" for Gerstmann to see the corporate shills who fired him pay him more money for his hard work. If this were my site I would have sold too just to rub it in.

Now that I think of it Gerstmann should send a "thank you" note to Eidos for making a sucky game. Seems to have been a real boon for Gerstmann.

Personally I have not been back to Gamespot since the day Gerstmann was fired. Not that I'm really a Gerstmann fan. I just dislike corporate politics in my favorite past time of games.

 
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