Looks like there was a bit of a kerfluffle today on reddit, as user Deimorz has created a now-massive post pointing fingers at GamePro, G4TV, and VGChartz for essentially manipulating the Gaming frontpage for months now.
He states that all of those outlets have been creating numerous spam accounts to upvote threads and posts submitted from those three sites, making it so that all of them instantly appear on the frontpage as “hot” articles. Not only that, but he seems to have gathered a list of users suspected as being spam accounts.
All three outlets have released their statement, with links available at the bottom of the post, and it pretty much amounts to damage control, with them admitting they took part in such activities, but had no knowledge of the scale of what was going on.
To tell you the truth, it’s not surprising, and really, this is pretty much our reality in this world of social media. Still, it is pretty shameful that it was on such a large scale; I’ve whored out many of my articles and projects before, and yet I haven’t gone to the extent of opening multiple accounts just to reinforce the illusion. It’s different if it’s open and shameless spamming, but to make it so covert, as if it doesn’t exist, seems fishy. Perhaps these folks were given compensation?
Either way, we’ll have more updates coming if and when they come up.