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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
Decrease 923 (November 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, with an intended target audience of young men.[2][3] About a month later, Brian Crecente was brought in to try to save the failing site.[4] 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.[5] Crecente was named one of the 20 most influential people in the video game industry over the past 20 years by GamePro in 2009[6] and one of gaming's Top 50 journalists by Edge in 2006. The site has made CNET's "Blog 100" list[7] and was ranked 50th on PC Magazine's "Top 100 Classic Web Sites" list.[8] Its name comes from the Japanese otaku (obsessive fan) and the prefix "ko-" (small in size).[9]

In April 2014, Gawker partnered with Future Publishing to launch Kotaku UK.[10]

Kotaku is currently run by Stephen Totilo, who replaced Brian Crecente in 2012.[11]


In 2007, attorney Jack Thompson sued Gawker Media over concerns that Kotaku declined to remove threatening user comments,[12] but the lawsuit was dismissed the next day.[13] In 2009, Business Insider reported that Hearst Corporation sought to buy Kotaku from Gawker Media.[14] 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.[15] In 2013, Forbes criticized Kotaku over what they called an inflammatory headline in a story about Hideki Kamiya; Kotaku rewrote the headline.[16]


In 2007, Kotaku ran a story about rumored upcoming features on the PlayStation 3, and Sony responded by temporarily blacklisting the website.[17] The site claimed in 2015 that they had been blacklisted by major game companies Bethesda Softworks and Ubisoft.[18]


  1. ^ "Alexa Ranking". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 18 November 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. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20041109094627/http://www.kotaku.com/
  5. ^ "GAMING’S TOP 50 JOURNALISTS". Edge. October 17, 2006. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  6. ^ Shuman, Sid (May 2009). "20 Most Influential People in Gaming: #20 – Brian Crecente". IDG. Archived from the original on 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2009-07-12. 
  7. ^ "CNET News.com'S Blog 100". CNET. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  8. ^ "The Top 100 Classic Web Sites". PC Magazine. Retrieved January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Kotaku FAQ". Kotaku. Gawker Media. July 2, 2004. Archived from the original on July 15, 2007. Retrieved July 6, 2015. 
  10. ^ Reynolds, John (March 13, 2014). "Gawker links up with Future to launch Lifehacker and Kotaku in UK". The Guardian. Retrieved July 22, 2015. 
  11. ^ Caoili, Eric (January 3, 2012). "Consumer gaming blog Kotaku loses key staff". Gamasutra. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  12. ^ McCarthy, Caroline (April 26, 2007). "Gaming foe Jack Thompson sues Gawker Media". CNET. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  13. ^ McCarthy, Caroline (April 27, 2007). "Judge tosses out Jack Thompson's lawsuit against Gawker Media". CNET. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  14. ^ Carlson, Nicholas (November 13, 2009). "Hearst Eyed Videogame Blog Kotaku For Acquisition". Business Insider. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  15. ^ Quillen, Dustin (April 26, 2010). "Konami Shuns Blog Over Metal Gear Review Controversy". 1up. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  16. ^ Kain, Erik (January 9, 2013). "Kotaku And The Problem With Inflammatory Headlines In Video Game Blogging". Forbes. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  17. ^ Kohler, Chris (March 1, 2007). "Sony and Kotaku In Blacklist Flap". Wired.com. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  18. ^ Totilo, Stephen. "A Price Of Games Journalism". Kotaku. 

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