It's been a hell of a week for Filip Miucin, the ex-Nintendo editor at IGN who was fired after allegations he plagiarized his review of Dead Cells on the Switch from a YouTuber. Since then Miucin released a poorly-received response video on YouTube where he also seemingly dared Kotaku to call him out on plagiarism. Well, let's just say his dare was called and now IGN has proactively removed all articles written by Miucin from the site after even more instances of plagiarism were uncovered.
Over the weekend tipsters to Kotaku and forum goers on Resetera uncovered even more instances where it seems like Miucin derived his own work from. These include reviews from NintendoLife, forum posts on NeoGAF, Wikipedia entries, and even from his fellow IGN staffers. Miucin even seemingly plagiarized ex-USgamer editor-in-chief Jeremy Parish's review of Octopath Traveler.
IGN's editorial manager Justin Davis confirmed in a pair of tweets that Miucin's bylined content is being proactively removed considering the new allegations, regardless of whether any issues were found with them. Important reviews, presumably for games like Doom on Switch, might even be redone by other writers.
"Deeply disappointed and upset that it's looking more and more likely that we unwittingly hosted work that was directly lifted from or at best heavily derived from others," tweeted Davis. "I feel betrayed."
Deeply disappointed and upset that it's looking more and more likely that we unwittingly hosted work that was directly lifted from or at best heavily derived from others. I assure you we are taking very active steps to remove it all, and make it right. I feel betrayed.— Justin Davis (@ErrorJustin) August 15, 2018
Miucin's firing has created some debate about whether or not this could have been avoided if IGN had hired a trained journalist rather than a YouTuber, but IGN staffers have maintained the importance of hiring from a diverse pool of talents.
Miucin has not tweeted since August 6, and he has removed his response video from YouTube. However, this episode has been one of the biggest scandals in the video game journalism industry, highlighting the pitfalls of video game review culture, and marks another scandal for IGN in a year where the site has already responded to multiple sexual harassment allegations.