IGN Editor Fired for Plagiarizing Dead Cells Review

IGN has fired Nintendo editor Filip Miucin after launching an investigation into claims of plagiarism. The hassle on the outlet started yesterday when Miucin was accused of plagiarizing sections of his Dead Cells evaluation. The accusations got here from YouTuber Boomstick Gaming, who famous a number of similarities between his evaluation of the sport and Miucin’s. The YouTuber even uploaded the next comparability video to assist that accusation:

This morning, IGN took steps to take away the textual content portion of Miucin’s Dead Cells evaluation and changed it with an editor’s be aware that reads “As a gaggle of writers and creators who worth our personal work and that of others in our subject, the editorial employees of IGN takes plagiarism very critically. In gentle of considerations which were raised about our Dead Cells evaluation, we’ve eliminated it for the time being and are investigating.”

IGN has since introduced that it had “parted ways” with Miucin after figuring out “that there were substantial similarities between a review posted weeks earlier and our review that could not be justified and warranted taking down.” The outlet promised “re-review” Dead Cells later this week. Here’s the complete assertion from IGN:

As far because the comparability video goes, there are specific phrases within the two movies which are maybe generic sufficient to be understandably comparable (for occasion, each reviewers spotlight the best way the sport blends the Metroidvania and roguelike genres). However, because the comparability video goes on, we begin to hear an increasing number of statements which are certainly too shut for consolation. The most damning similarity might be discovered on the finish of Boomstick Gaming’s comparability video the place he exhibits that his evaluation and the IGN evaluation characteristic nearly an nearly word-for-word closing assertion.

The different factor to notice in regards to the two movies are the instances they had been uploaded. Boomstick Gaming’s Dead Cells evaluation was posted to YouTube on July 24, 2018, whereas IGN’s video was uploaded on August 6, 2018. Miucin tweeted on August 4 that he was “ending up my Dead Cells evaluation this weekend” and that it was the “first IGN video review I’ve edited myself.”

Boomstick Gaming’s content material creator spoke to Forbes and said that he had “not been contacted back by IGN” however would really like “to be cited, collaborated with, and compensated for the healthy ad revenue they pulled in on both their written review and video review.” He additionally mentioned that he harbors “no ill will towards Filip and do not encourage [the] firing of this gentleman.”

Since the allegations towards Miucin got here to gentle, the web has been fast to dig up different potential cases when the author plagiarized any person else’s work. We’ll maintain you up to date as we study extra.

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