I’ve heard some unexpected things in gaming. But never in a bazillion years did I think GiantBomb would work with GameSpot — I mean, be acquired by — its parent company, CBS Interactive.
GiantBomb launched in March 2008, after Jeff Gerstmann was fired from GameSpot after his review of Kane and Lynch: Dead Men, which is part of what makes this acquisition by CBS Interactive so interesting. Today it looks like this saga, which started back in 2007, is finally over.
Jeff Gerstmann sat down with John Davison of GameSpot to talk, not only about the merger, but also break the embargo of why Jeff was fired. At its heart, the video is a really interesting insight into the industry from a journalist’s perspective, but more importantly a story of how everyone got dragged through the dirt, and how everyone wishes to make the partnership work.
It sounds like everyone on the GiantBomb staff is excited about the new opportunity, at the place that was the catalyst for GiantBomb’s birth.
GiantBomb wants to reassure that nothing is going to change, other than making everything “even weirder, even bigger,” and a relocation to the GameSpot offices — stressing the point that premium members and everyone who loves the site won’t be snubbed.
Everyone at GiantBomb is taking baby steps toward making the site bigger and is taking a little break from posting content as they settle in. In addition to the GiantBomb acquisition, ComicVine has also come to the GameSpot family, bringing more excitement under one roof.
I, for one, am really excited about what’s happening, and we’ll keep you informed of developments as the staff of GiantBomb and GameSpot learn to work together.