Yes, it is official. CBS Interactive (home of GameSpot) has acquired Giant Bomb. This means that the Giant Bomb staff (including Jeff Gerstmann, Ryan Davis, Brad Shoemaker, Vincent Caravella, Alex Navarro, Patrick Klepek and Drew Scanlon) will be joining CBS Interactive. This acquisition, which shouldn’t be confused by a merger, means that there are going to be a lot of changes, but most of them will apparently be good ones. Giant Bomb has officially stated that the site will continue to run as usual, keeping their editorial integrity with no changes being made to the review process. But wait, you don’t know Gerstmann? What is Giant Bomb? If you don’t know the answers to these questions please keep reading.
Back in 2007, Jeff Gerstmann was a GameSpot editor, but he was dismissed on November 28, 2007 under very controversial circumstances. A lot was said at the time, but most reports were stating that the main reason why Gerstmann was fired was because of his negative review of Kane & Lynch: Dead Man and the fact that Eidos (the publisher of that game) heavily disagreed with it. Fortunately for those who still feel that the incident was never properly addressed, Jeff Gerstmann and GameSpot VP John Davison referred to it in a live stream. In the video, they made reference to the true reason of the dismissal and situation before.
Here’s the video which has been taken directly from GameSpot’s official YouTube channel:
For the uninitiated Giant Bomb was part of the Whiskey Media, a group of websites that apart from covering news, previews, reviews, video and other type of content also featured a huge Wiki database that could be edited by its users. Giant Bomb was founded by Jeff Gerstmann and Ryan Davis and soon enough, they were joined by Brad Shoemaker and Vincent Caravella. Giant Bomb launched in March 6, 2008 in its WordPress blog form and the official site launched on July 21, 2008 with the entire editable Wiki.
On a personal note I should say that I’ve been a fan of GameSpot since I started listening to the HotSpot in 2007. Although I don’t know any of those guys personally, I would be lying if I said that I’m not emotionally attached to their work as they have been a huge influence to what I do now. I remember listening to the HotSpot when they officially confirmed that Jeff had been terminated, but for legal reasons couldn’t explain why. I remember where I was and what I was doing. It really meant a lot to me at the time.
A while later I discovered Arrow Pointing Down, a small project created by Jeff and Ryan. In the blog’s podcast they talked about lots of things and most of them weren’t even video game related. For example, some of the topics I remember being discussed were girls with daddy issues and energy drinks. Then, Giant Bomb was founded and Brad, Vinny, Alex and Patrick eventually joined the team. The rest is history, I’ve been listening to the Giant Bombcast since the first one was uploaded to the site and I also really enjoy their reviews. As a fan of their work, I’m extremely excited about what this acquisition means, maybe I’ll be able to listen to the Bombcast, but with Kevin VanOrd in it like Jeff hinted. But whatever happens to both sites I know that it’ll be for the best and as somebody who has been following those guys and their work for years, I’m really looking forward to the next couple of months.
The official announcement can be read on GameSpot.