“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”.
Filip Miucin has since been fired. In an announcement, IGN stated:
“We apologise to our readers, developer Motion Twin, and most especially the YouTuber known under Boomstick Gaming for failing to uphold those standards”
Last night, during the news segment of the weekly Click Cast, Lauren and I had a detailed discussion on the events not long after they began to unfold.
It’s necessary to frontload this part of the article with a clear and definite statement: There is NEVER an excuse that justifies plagiarism. I would also like to take this brief aside to make it firm that in no way does anyone gain ANYTHING by contributing to toxic and malevolent attacks against Miucin. Please just refrain from it.
Now, with that out of the way, we think it’s important to look at this story from multiple angles. Plagiarism is wrong, very wrong, but as I’ve experienced from stories of those around me during my degree, it is rarely a cut and dry case of “I’m lazy, an asshole, and this sounds good”. No, there are usually a whole host of reasons why people plagiarise – real life stress, poor work environment, and deadlines. While we need to examine the character of Miucin (which starts with a personal statement), we think it’s also relevant to determine what environment might exist in IGN that could LEAD someone to resort to plagiarism.
Yes, this incident could be a case of the most disgusting example of plagiarism, but none of us know all the facts yet, and we likely never will. Though, in this case, as outlined in an article by Jason Schreier, this incident is potentially not the first time Miucin has plagiarised.
There is a line, and that line was certainly crossed
Another facet of this discussion is that it has raised concerns over how much this type of thing may actually occur. As a smaller site with a more defined audience, what is to stop a writer from a bigger company from stealing our review? What about the THOUSANDS of other channels, and sites like ours? It’s scary to ponder, but it does make you think.
We also don’t want to discredit the notion that reviewers can seek outside opinions to inform their own review. Dissecting other discussions is a natural part of forming a complete opinion about something, but there is a line, and that line was certainly crossed here.
At the end of the day, this is arguably the best thing for Boomstick Gaming; the video highlighting plagiarism has already soared to 380,000 views! Check it out below: