[Update]: IGN has released a statement regarding the issue on their Twitter, stating that their internal investigation concluded that writer Filip Miucin did plagiarize, and as a result he was been terminated. You can read the full statement below.
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IGN, the most iconic of the video game focused websites, has been accused of plagiarism after YouTuber BoomStick Gaming released a video showing his Dead Cells review compared to IGN’s review. The first example shown didn’t reek of copying, but as the video goes on, the differences slowly melt into similarities to the point of copying.
As a result, IGN has taken the review down and have released a statement on the page where the review previously was held.
“Editor’s Note: As a group of writers and creators who value our own work and that of others in our field, the editorial staff of IGN takes plagiarism very seriously. In light of concerns that have been raised about our Dead Cells review, we’ve removed it for the time being and are investigating.”
No comment has been made from the writer of the review, Filip Miucin, but that hasn’t stopped the internet from demanding he be fired over the incident. However, BoomStick Gaming told Forbes that he does not wish for him to be fired because “it is slightly understandable to seek knowledge from someone who had done multiple reviews before,” but wished that Miucin had not copied his work.
This isn’t the first time IGN has had writers accused of plagiarizing other content creators. In March 2017, IGN Brazil writer Marcus Oliveria apologized after copying and publishing the entire script of Writing On Games’ Breath of the Wild video.
BoomStick Gaming was contacted for comment but did not reply at the time of publication.