Robert Florence, frequent contributor to Eurogamer and creator of the video series Consolevania, was forced to step down from Eurogamer after he wrote an article expressing disappointment in the state of the gaming journalist scene, inspired by a recent picture of Geoff Keighley, a prominent gaming journalist, surrounded by Halo-branded drinks and chips. In his article, he quoted one Lauren Wainwright, a contributor to IGN UK, The Sun, and Square Enix, and speculated if she was shilling the latest Tomb Raider due to her connection with Square Enix. Lauren, being upset by this action, threatened legal action under the UK's libel laws, which heavily favor the accuser over the accused (see the "Mc Libel
" case for proof of this). Eurogamer responded by encouraging Robert to step down and edit his account.
I'm just really disappointed by this. I find it silly that this women, instead of responding to this article with a calm and well thought out reply, chose to sue this guy over what was a sentence or two of basically neutral speculation. It also saddens me that Eurogamer buckled to pressure rather than sticking to their guns; it shows a lack of basic integrity. I'm glad, however, that many people have chosen to back Robert after this incident, such as Erik Kain, RPS, and others.