KOTAKU is a video game website and blog that was originally launched
in 2004 as part of the
Gawker Media network.
Gawker Media in August 2016 and rebranded it as
* 1 History
* 2 Controversy
* 2.1 Blacklistings
* 3 References
* 4 External links
Kotaku was first launched in October 2004 with Matthew Gallant as its
lead writer, with an intended target audience of young men. About a
Brian Crecente was brought in to try to save the failing
site. Since then, the site has launched several country-specific
sites for Australia, Japan, Brazil and the UK. Previous contributors
to the site include Luke Smith . Crecente was named one of the 20
most influential people in the video game industry over the past 20
GamePro in 2009 and one of gaming's Top 50 journalists by
Edge in 2006. The site has made
CNET 's "Blog 100" list and was
ranked 50th on
PC Magazine 's "Top 100 Classic Web Sites" list. Its
name comes from the Japanese otaku (obsessive fan) and the prefix
"ko-" (small in size).
In April 2014,
Gawker Media partnered with
Future plc to launch
Kotaku UK, and with
Allure Media to launch
Kotaku is currently run by Stephen Totilo, who replaced Brian
Crecente in 2012.
Kotaku was one of six websites that was purchased by Univision
Communications in their acquisition of
Gawker Media in August 2016.
In 2007, attorney Jack Thompson sued
Gawker Media and site editor
Brian Crecente over concerns that
Kotaku declined to remove
threatening user comments, but the lawsuit was dismissed the next
day. In 2009,
Business Insider reported that Hearst Corporation
sought to buy
Gawker Media. In 2010,
Famitsu 's glowing endorsement of a
Konami game as a
conflict of interest;
Konami subsequently revoked Kotaku's invitation
to the game's launch party. In 2013,
what they called an inflammatory headline in a story about Hideki
Kotaku rewrote the headline.
Kotaku ran a story about rumored upcoming features on the
PlayStation 3 , and
Sony responded by temporarily blacklisting the
website. The site claimed in 2015 that they had been blacklisted by
major game companies
Bethesda Softworks and
* ^ "Alexa Ranking".
Alexa Internet . Archived from the original on
March 1, 2017. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
* ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 22,
2016. Retrieved 2016-12-21.
* ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 18,
2017. Retrieved 2017-01-13.
* ^ Carr, David (October 4, 2004). "At These Web Sites, It\'s a
The New York Times . Archived from the original on
March 4, 2014. Retrieved January 24, 2014.
* ^ Parker, Pamela (October 4, 2004). "
Gawker Media: We\'re Where
the Boys Are".
ClickZ . Retrieved September 16, 2015.
* ^ "GAMING’S TOP 50 JOURNALISTS". Edge . October 17, 2006.
Archived from the original on February 3, 2014. Retrieved January 24,
* ^ Shuman, Sid (May 2009). "20 Most Influential People in Gaming:
#20 – Brian Crecente". IDG . Archived from the original on June 7,
2011. Retrieved July 12, 2009.
* ^ "
CNET News.com\'S Blog 100".
CNET . Archived from the original
on July 13, 2012. Retrieved January 24, 2014.
* ^ "The Top 100 Classic Web Sites".
PC Magazine . Archived from
the original on February 1, 2014. Retrieved January 25, 2014.
* ^ "
Kotaku FAQ". Kotaku.
Gawker Media . July 2, 2004. Archived
from the original on July 15, 2007. Retrieved July 6, 2015.
* ^ Reynolds, John (March 13, 2014). "