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KOTAKU is a video game website and blog that was originally launched in 2004 as part of the Gawker Media network. Univision
Univision
Communications bought Gawker Media in August 2016 and rebranded it as Gizmodo
Gizmodo
Media Group .

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 2 Controversy

* 2.1 Blacklistings

* 3 References * 4 External links

HISTORY

Kotaku
Kotaku
was first launched in October 2004 with Matthew Gallant as its lead writer, with an intended target audience of young men. About a month later, 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 years by GamePro in 2009 and one of gaming's Top 50 journalists by Edge in 2006. The site has made CNET
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
Kotaku
UK, and with Allure Media to launch Kotaku
Kotaku
Australia.

Kotaku
Kotaku
is currently run by Stephen Totilo, who replaced Brian Crecente in 2012.

Kotaku
Kotaku
was one of six websites that was purchased by Univision Communications in their acquisition of Gawker Media in August 2016.

CONTROVERSY

In 2007, attorney Jack Thompson sued Gawker Media and site editor Brian Crecente over concerns that Kotaku
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 Kotaku
Kotaku
from Gawker
Gawker
Media. In 2010, Kotaku
Kotaku
criticized Japanese magazine 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, Forbes
Forbes
criticized Kotaku
Kotaku
over what they called an inflammatory headline in a story about Hideki Kamiya ; Kotaku
Kotaku
rewrote the headline.

BLACKLISTINGS

In 2007, Kotaku
Kotaku
ran a story about rumored upcoming features on the PlayStation 3 , and Sony
Sony
responded by temporarily blacklisting the website. The site claimed in 2015 that they had been blacklisted by major game companies Bethesda Softworks and Ubisoft .

REFERENCES

* ^ "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 Man\'s World". The New York Times . Archived from the original on March 4, 2014. Retrieved January 24, 2014. * ^ Parker, Pamela (October 4, 2004). " Gawker
Gawker
Media: We\'re Where the Boys Are". ClickZ . Retrieved September 16, 2015. * ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20041109094627/http://www.kotaku.com/ * ^ "GAMING’S TOP 50 JOURNALISTS". Edge . October 17, 2006. Archived from the original on February 3, 2014. Retrieved January 24, 2014. * ^ 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
CNET
News.com\'S Blog 100". CNET
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
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). "