The gaming blog of the Gawker network, it was founded by Brian Crecente.
It features frequent social commentary and trivia articles alongside gaming content. Its reviews have historically never featured scores.
Involved in several controversies, including major ones such as the slander of Brad Wardell and, most notably, the sex scandal involving Nathan Grayson that sparked the GamerGate consumer revolt, it has been GamerGate's perhaps most criticized target, aggressively attacked by its operations and frequently brought up as the quintessential example of bad gaming journalism — with Kotaku in turn responding with extremely negative GamerGate coverage, although there have been some minor changes to its ethical policy early in the controversy.
Low-effort and sensationalist journalism causing embarrassing mistakes and life-ruining consequences
The constant struggle of games journalism against the influence of advertisers and game publishers
Some journalists give privileged access to the gaming industry based on friendship rather than on merits
Media's dehumanizing portrayal of those calling them out for their corruption may be that corruption's most irrefutable proof
Gamers are entitled, Gamers are dead — Game journalists' unique contempt for their shrinking audience
Some of the most incriminating stories uncovered this far about the secret mailing list of the game journalism elite
Freeplay Independent Games Festival Director