For many of us, “video game journalism” is associated with one specific name. Jason Schreier is that person who regularly publishes reliable information from behind the scenes, provides players with leaks, and does great journalistic investigations. Yesterday, he announced his resignation from Kotaku.
But Schreier is not going to quit his profession — he intends to continue talking about the “weird, wild industry and culture of video games.” Schreier will take a few weeks off to finish his second book and spend time with his child. After that, he “will be doing brand new things at a brand new outlet.”
Schreier, Kirk Hamilton and Maddy Myers will leave The Splitscreen podcast, but the trio will continue to produce their own podcast called Triple Click.
The reason for Schreier’s resignation was his dissatisfaction with Kotaku’s senior management. Since 2019, the resource is owned by G/O Media. “I’ve been through a lot with this company. Since 2012, we’ve been through a whole lot of management shifts and resignations and firings and drama,” Schreier told The Washington Post. “I’ve been through a lot of cataclysmic shifts because it always felt like, through it all, we were guided by people who always cared about journalism, and unfortunately, I’m not sure that’s the case anymore.”
Schreier is not the only key player who recently said goodbye to Kotaku. In December 2019, reporter Cecilia D’Anastasio left the site, and reporters Gita Jackson and Joshua Rivera followed suit in January. In D’Anastasio’s farewell message, she also criticized G/O Media’s decisions.