Enthusiast Gaming kompaniyasi buni e'lon qilganida Escapist jurnali sotib oldi va Russ Pittsni bosh muharrir sifatida qayta tikladilar, birinchi bo'lib Pitts "siyosatni eshik oldida qoldirib ketamiz" deb e'lon qildi. Bu o'yin tomoshabinlari tomonidan juda quvonch va hayajon bilan qabul qilindi, chunki ular so'nggi paytlarda video o'yinlari haqidagi yangiliklarni buzadigan barcha siyosatdan charchagan va charchagan.
Ba'zilar, Pittsga, Twitterdagi ko'plab siyosat, chapparastlik va egemenliklarni muhokama qilgan Bob Kino "Chinakam" Chipmanni jalb qilganida, bu bayonotning samimiyligi haqida so'roq boshlashdi.
O'yin jurnalistlari g'azablandi qochoqning siyosatga kirib ketish haqidagi fikri haqida, o'yinchilar esa Pittsning o'z bayonotlarini aniqlab berishiga umid qilishdi.
Ehtimol, Pitts xonaga bordi Molehill Tog'ning Podkasti 28-yil iyul oyida, 2018da The Escapistning ahvolini va u siyosatdan tashqarida eshik oldida nimani anglatishini muhokama qilishdi.
Just after 17 minutes in, Pitts discusses The Escapist and how it turned into a support site for Conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos and the Alt-Right, saying…
“The response has been mostly good, mostly curious, and mostly wondering what we’re going to do about The Escapists’ last chapter, which was very much colored by GamerGate, the Alt-Right, my former employer who was a surreptitious Alt-Right operative who now – believe it or not – is the CEO of Milo Inc., which is the company founded by Milo Yiannopoulos, who was formerly with Breitbart [and] very much a provocateur.
"Escapistda vaqt bor edi - sobiq xo'jayinim hali u erda ishlaganida - u Breitbart o'yinlari haqida jurnalistlar haqida ma'lumotni yashirincha ishlatib, u uchun ishlaydigan odamlarning elektron pochta xabarlarini ishlatgan va bu ma'lumot Keyin Breitbart, keyinchalik Breitbart keyinchalik zarbalarni yozadi va bu shaxslarni, shu jumladan The Escapist uchun ishlaydigan odamlarni ta'qib qilishlari mumkin.
And this is the thing that has been difficult for the past seven years or so, is that I was at Escapist, my wife Susan was there after I left, and we were all friends, and we had a lot of friends who were there that ended up leaving. Two or three or four of us knew what was going on, who were close enough to the leadership of The Escapist to see how this person was using their position of power to further their extremist politics. We would try to tell people that that was happening. We would try to tell people that this guy who ran The Escapist was like a top advisor to Milo Yiannopoulos. And nobody believed it. Nobody would take it seriously. Anybody who knew him [would say] ‘nah this guy can’t be that weird’, but it was like ‘no, believe me, this is a thing that is actually happening.’”
Pitts aslida The Escapistning yuqori boshqaruvini The Altıncılar'ın Alt-o'ng olimlari sifatida Alt-o'ng a'zolariga jalb qilish va cazibe qilish va veb-portal orqali ularga xushxabar berish uchun platforma sifatida ishlatgan.
Pitts goes on to reiterate claims made by other journalists that The Escapist was a breeding ground for the Alt-Right and a recruitment tool for the political sect, saying…
[…] And it’s actually become clear multiple news outlets have now put this man’s name in print next to Milo as the CEO of this company – the guy who holds Milo’s wallet and tries to talk him into buying $60,000 silk jackets. The dots have now been connected, and some people are suddenly going ‘oh my gosh that’s kind of nuts!’ and yes it is kind of nuts, and I hope now explains what happened at The Escapist… that it was allowed to turn into a very extremist video game outlet, and a breeding ground and a recruitment tool for Alt-Right operatives.
"Ha, bu juda yomon obro'ga ega bo'ldi. U aqldan ozgan kabi qobiliyatli edi. Bu aqldan ozgan reklamachilarga to'kilib yubordi. Sanoat Escapistdan uzoqlashdi. Va shundagina, u shunchaki aylanib yurgan paytda ... sheriklarim va men uni sotib olgan bo'lsam kerak ".
Pitts, "siyosatni eshik oldida qoldirib ketish" haqida gapirgan narsaga qaytib keladi va siyosatning "#GamerGate" da Escapistning siyosati, bu erda saytning qamrovi aksariyat hollarda barqaror emas, neytral qismlardan anti-# GamerGate-ga, piyodalarga qarshi o'yinlarga o'xshash Sentyabr 25th, 2017 "Teylor Hidalgo" dan "O'yinchilar o'likdir" deb e'lon qildilar.
According to Pitts, it was any Right-leaning content that they had to move on from, though. He never addresses the anti-gamer sentiments expressed from the site, saying…
“That’s what we have to work with. That’s what we have to try to move on from. So when I say we’re going to leave politics at the door, what I mean is this is not going to be the Alt-Right place anymore. This is not going to be a place where editorial is chosen based on political opinion, where assignments are given because of whether you agree with my politics or not. We’re not going to be foisting a political agenda on our audience, or our writers, or the industry.
“That said, things happen. Politics are everywhere, almost everything happens from the industry point of view is political. There’s a political take on it, and we’re not going to shy away from printing a political take, but that’s not going to be the order of the day. And any particular writer or editor’s personal politics are going to be largely irrelevant with how I feel with them, or working for us and covering any story.”
Later on in the interview they discuss whether or not the new management will be nuking the forums and starting from scratch, or if they’ll keep the forums and the users still active on it. According to Pitts, he does not want to completely nuke the forums, but he does note that there will be much heavier moderation this time around, saying…
“I won’t say anything I have to walk back, because that’s still being debated and discussed.”
[…] We’re going to have to moderate [the forum] very thoroughly, whether we start from scratch or not. The big mark for me against nuking [the forums] and starting from scratch is that we don’t want the community who stuck with us for so long feel like we’re throwing away their contributions.”
Hopefully this lets people know exactly where Pitts stands on The Escapist and how they viewed the politics during the last few years of the site’s functionality since #GamerGate occurred.
(Axborot uchi Lyle uchun rahmat)