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Web address www.kotaku.com
Slogan The Gamer's Guide
Commercial? Yes
Type of site
Gaming blog
Owner Gawker Media
Editor Stephen Totilo
Launched October 2004; 11 years ago (2004-10)
Alexa rank
negative increase 662 (April 2015)[1]

Kotaku is a video game-focused blog and part of Gawker Media's "Gawker" network of sites.


Kotaku was first launched in October 2004 with Matthew Gallant as its lead writer.[2][3] Since then, the site has launched several country-specific sites for Australia, Japan, Brazil and the UK. Previous contributors to the site include Luke Smith.[4] The site has made CNET's "Blog 100" list[5] and was ranked 50th on PC Magazine‍ '​s "Top 100 Classic Web Sites" list.[6] Its name comes from the Japanese otaku (obsessive fan) and the prefix "ko-" (small in size).[7]

In 2007, attorney Jack Thompson sued Gawker Media over concerns that Kotaku declined to remove threatening user comments,[8] but the lawsuit was dismissed the next day.[9] That same year, Kotaku ran a story about rumored upcoming features on the PlayStation 3 and Sony responded by temporarily blacklisting the website.[10] In 2009, Business Insider reported that Hearst Corporation sought to buy Kotaku from Gawker Media.[11] In 2010, Kotaku criticized a Japanese magazine's glowing endorsement of a Konami game as a conflict of interest; Konami subsequently revoked Kotaku‍ '​s invitation to the game's launch party.[12] In 2013, Forbes criticized Kotaku over what they called an inflammatory headline in a story about Hideki Kamiya; Kotaku rewrote the headline.[13] Kotaku is run by Stephen Totilo, who replaced Brian Crecente in 2012.[14]

In April 2014, Gawker partnered with Future Publishing to launch Kotaku UK.[15]


  1. ^ "Alexa Ranking". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  2. ^ Carr, David (October 4, 2004). "At These Web Sites, It's a Man's World". The New York Times. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ Parker, Pamela (October 4, 2004). "Gawker Media: We're Where the Boys Are". ClickZ. Retrieved September 16, 2015. 
  4. ^ "GAMING’S TOP 50 JOURNALISTS". Edge. October 17, 2006. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  5. ^ "CNET News.com'S Blog 100". CNET. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  6. ^ "The Top 100 Classic Web Sites". PC Magazine. Retrieved January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Kotaku FAQ". Kotaku. Gawker Media. July 2, 2004. Archived from the original on July 15, 2007. Retrieved July 6, 2015. 
  8. ^ McCarthy, Caroline (April 26, 2007). "Gaming foe Jack Thompson sues Gawker Media". CNET. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  9. ^ McCarthy, Caroline (April 27, 2007). "Judge tosses out Jack Thompson's lawsuit against Gawker Media". CNET. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  10. ^ Kohler, Chris (March 1, 2007). "Sony and Kotaku In Blacklist Flap". Wired.com. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  11. ^ Carlson, Nicholas (November 13, 2009). "Hearst Eyed Videogame Blog Kotaku For Acquisition". Business Insider. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  12. ^ Quillen, Dustin (April 26, 2010). "Konami Shuns Blog Over Metal Gear Review Controversy". 1up. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  13. ^ Kain, Erik (January 9, 2013). "Kotaku And The Problem With Inflammatory Headlines In Video Game Blogging". Forbes. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  14. ^ Caoili, Eric (January 3, 2012). "Consumer gaming blog Kotaku loses key staff". Gamasutra. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  15. ^ Reynolds, John (March 13, 2014). "Gawker links up with Future to launch Lifehacker and Kotaku in UK". The Guardian. Retrieved July 22, 2015. 

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