There’s an unspoken brotherhood amongst journalists of the MMO Genre. We may not all speak to eachother, but we do know of the existence of each other. This brotherhood is the reason why I’m shocked and saddened today as MMO Culture has issued a public statement accusing MMOByte of serious accusations. As a content creator either through journalism, twitch, and etc. There is 1 unspoken rule that we all trust each other to follow.
Give credit where credit is due.
MMO Culture has been a long-standing established news site since the early 2000s. It has been recognized as a legitimate site by nearly every credible institution in the field including MassivelyOP, MMORPG.Com, IGN, and a number of your favorite MMO Developers including the likes of Nexon, NCSoft, and more. Originally covering PC MMO’s the site has since transferred its focus to Mobile Games.
Now I’m not supporting any side of this. However, I as a journalist and fellow content creator understand both sides. I understand MMOByte may unintentionally be using other sources. He may be getting information from 3rd party vendors or viewers. And we also have to understand that given his popularity and tight deadlines, I doubt he has the time to resource-check every single piece of information he gets.
I also understand MMO Culture’s point of view, it’s extremely scummy to not be given credit for the work that you do.
I hope both parties, in the end, come to a peaceful solution. The only reason I weighed in on this is to hopefully give some visibility on the issue and to bring both parties to the table and initiate dialogue with one another. It would be a shame if MMO Culture disappeared over such trivial miscommunication.