Parent Company Future plc
Editor-in-Chief Tim Clark (global), Evan Lahti (US)
PC Gamer is a video game news magazine and website focused on PC gaming. The magazine was founded in 1993 in the United Kingdom and an American version was created in 1994. PC Gamer is owned by Future plc with its subsidiary Future US handling the American branch. Both branches contribute to the PC Gamer website.
Role In GamerGate
PC Gamer has taken a few misguided potshots at GamerGate activists. In an article about Anita Sarkeesian's canceling of her speech at Utah State University, Phil Savage characterized the #GamerGate hashtag as "a noxious and confused movement that has been directly responsible for the harassment of multiple industry and media figures, the majority of which have been women." In a weekly wrap-up article, Tim Clark described GamerGate as the most "collectively depressing" event in gaming history and attempting discussion of it is "like opening Lemarchand’s box.".
Shortly after Blizzard CEO, Mike Morhaime,'s speech at BlizzCon 2014 chastising people "doing really awful things and making some people's lives miserable," PC Gamer writer Tyler Wilde - along with many other gaming bloggers - interpreted the speech as directly addressing GamerGate activists despite never using the word "GamerGate". This article in particular leads with a misleading headline that is elaborated upon in the article as Morhaime addressing "the behavior most associated with it" instead of GamerGate as a whole.
PC Master Race
A minor controversy was started when Tyler Wilde published an article critical of PC gaming enthusiasts calling themselves the "master race", a phrase coined by Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw at The Escapist. PC gamers turned it from a "dig" directed at their elitism over console gamers into a symbol of pride, akin to colonial Americans and the song "Yankee Doodle". It has become so widespread that Reddit's top PC gaming subreddit is named /r/pcmasterrace. Wilde felt that a term held in such high esteem among PC gamers should not contain Nazi imagery or callbacks, which could hurt the ability of the community to be inclusive. This was met with jeers by PC gamers and GamerGate activists, who felt it to be tone policing and political correctness run amok. In response, Yahtzee responded with an editorial, criticizing Wilde's "language policing" and the fact that he included a screenshot from the original video without asking permission.
Tyler Wilde and Ubisoft
Shortly after the "PC Master Race" controversy, GamerGate activists discovered that Tyler Wilde had been in a long-standing and public relationship with Anne Marie Lewis, a former Future America staff member and current employee of Ubisoft, during which he had written several articles praising Ubisoft games. PC Gamer eventually addressed the issue, accepting their fault, removing Wilde from coverage of Ubisoft titles, and other employees are "obliged" to disclose personal relationships that could interfere with their work.
These are the gaming journalists that work (or previously worked) for PC Gamer and are part of the GamesJournoPro's Google mailing list.
- Andy Chalk - freelance writer
- Cory Banks - former Managing Editor at PC Gamer
- Dan Stapleton - IGN, former contributor at PC Gamer
- "Anita Sarkeesian cancels talk after school shooting threat" - Phil Savage, 2014
- The week's highs and lows in PC Gaming - Tim Clark
- "Blizzard CEO on GamerGate: 'They are tarnishing our reputations as gamers'" - Tyler Wilde (7th Nov)
- "Let's stop calling ourselves the 'PC Master Race'" - Tyler Wilde (14th Jan 2015)
- "The Glorious PC Gaming Master Race" - Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw, 28th May 2013
- "On the PC Master Race and Language Police" - Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw, 20th Jan 2015
- "Writer for PC Gamer revealed to have undisclosed relationship with the Communications Associate at Ubisoft" - Chris "Zabant" Heeley, 15th Jan 2015
- "A note on disclosure" - Tim Clark, 16th Jan 2015