Here's an interesting development. Anyone remember the Escapist
? That pseudo-magazine-turned-general-gaming-site that's known mainly for being the site that has Yahtzee's show? Back in 2014, its founder and CEO Alexander Macris—after years of tolerating tons of openly leftist op-ed content—started subtly shifting towards an alt-right apologist stance, first publishing interviews with pro-Gamergate people in the industry, and then an interview with Markus Persson almost immediately after he started getting in hot water over anti-feminist tweets, and finally by "letting go" the site's two biggest Gamergate opponents, Jim "Jim Fucking Sterling, Son" Sterling and Bob "Moviebob" Chipman. Who also happened to be two of the three biggest content creators. Needless to say, this utterly tanked the site, and most bafflingly of all, he never actually bothered to find fellow 'Gators to fill their spots, aside from the new editor-in-chief Joshua Vanderwall, who used his position to post stuff like... this.
AAAAAAAAAAAAANYWAY, Macris kept a low enough profile to make it unclear who was actually the ringleader of the whole thing, letting the new editor and the negligent parent company take all the heat, until he left to cozy up to Milo
. His departure left the site with no one really behind the wheel, since the parent company was just that negligent. Aside from never firing Macris for running one of their assets into the ground, they let the site's ad partnerships expire, and multiple people have reported attempting to contact them with offers to buy out the site and never hearing back.
Well, it seems that someone finally managed to get through, because the site has been bought out by some startup, and they've hired former editor-in-chief Russ Pitts back into his old position. And Chipman is already back and making video content. Sterling's not budging, but mainly because his BRAND is worth more than that whole site at this point. Dude knows how to sell himself. And with all this comes some new revelations about what actually went on behind the scenes; the biggest one is that (according to Bob's latest vlog) Macris was "feeding information" about some of his employees to the Gaters, which makes it sound like he was straight-up doxxing them. Coming from someone who went on to work with Milo, who'd even be surprised? Anyway, I'll keep you posted if more details emerge.