Update: We find the defendant…guilty, your honor. Following an investigation into plagiarism accusations against IGN editor Filip Miucin, the outlet has decided to “part ways” with Miucin- to put it nicely- as was revealed in a recent Twitter response.
IGN’s Statement on the Dead Cells review investigation: pic.twitter.com/3hh0hpPK0Y
— IGN (@IGN) August 7, 2018
Original Story: An IGN editor allegedly plagiarized the outlet’s official review for the recently launched Dead Cells, forcing IGN to take the review down.
IGN’s Dead Cells review was originally posted at embargo on August 6th at 9 a.m. PT. Shortly following its posting, YouTuber Boomstick Gaming posted a video comparing IGN’s review to his own review that went up two weeks prior, accusing IGN of copying major excerpts from his review with little to no change (Boomstick apparently broke the game’s review embargo by miles, but that’s not really the point here). The review comparison can be found below.
That seems to be pretty damning stuff. The timecodes of the referenced similarities between the two reviews can be found in the summary below the video. It seems virtually impossible that this was a coincidence, given the undeniable similarities, and there is no way the plagiarism went the other way around, considering the head start Boomstick’s review had.
IGN’s Dead Cells review was penned by Filip Miucin, a Nintendo editor at IGN and host of the site’s Nintendo Voice Chat podcast. According to a Twitter post that preceded the review, this is the first IGN video review Miucin edited himself, which may explain a lot.
Finishing up my Dead Cells review this weekend. It’s the first IGN video review I’ve edited myself, and I can’t wait to share it with you all. If you still haven’t seen Dead Cells in action, check out the first 21 minutes on Nintendo Switch!
Video: https://t.co/xIwXGxKlDv pic.twitter.com/0Ympm06Rx6
— Filip Miucin (@FilipMiucin) August 5, 2018
Assuming the worst case scenario, it is curious how Miucin possibly thought he would get away with this. The subsequent Twitter post of the review itself was almost immediately dogpiled with accusations of plagiarism, which rightly prompted IGN to remove the review while the team investigated the accusations. The following editor’s note now sits in place of the review.
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.
IGN has not yet rendered a public verdict, nor has Miucin offered comment, despite Boomstick addressing him directly on Twitter. For anyone looking for a Dead Cells review that has not been plagiarized, we here at EGM liked the game very much. And again, this review is our own words. Promise.