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Michael McWhertor & Camoflaj (KickStarter)

RobinGale May 12th, 2015 (edited) 376 Never
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  1. Subject: Michael McWhertor & Camoflaj (Republique).
  2. Sources: Kickstarter, Polygon, GameTrailers.
  3. Date Compiled: May 12th, 2015.
  4. Credits: A_Plant for his Medium article on journalist kickstarter pages.
  5. https://medium.com/@A_PLANT_/game-journalists-and-critics-crowdfunding-accounts-984a29e13c9
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  8. Information:
  9. Michael McWhertor was a Kickstarter backer for Republique by Camoflauj: https://archive.is/DlqtU
  10. Kickstarter funding period: Apr 10 2012 - May 11 2012:  https://archive.is/nJCks
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  12. Articles with Potential Conflicts of Interest:
  13. 04.10.12: République Brings Ambitious Stealth Survival to iOS from Former Metal Gear Solid Producer (GameTrailers) https://archive.is/8Nv5r
  14. 05.10.12: The final, hopeful hours of République's Kickstarter quest (Polygon) https://archive.is/B1NRX
  15. 02.01.13: The state of Republique: Camouflaj's ambitious iOS game comes out of hiding (Polygon) https://archive.is/S4ZBs
  16. 12.16.13: Camouflaj's Republique hits iTunes App Store on Dec. 19 (Polygon) https://archive.is/qbcmo
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  18. Summary:
  19. On-going coverage of Republique while being a backer and after funding was successful. It is highly likely that he was already a backer when the May article on Republique was submitted to Polygon. I should note once again that the purpose behind a kickstarter is to fund a project. A journalist funding a project is in a conflict of interest with his role. I found no disclosure of this kickstarter backing. (Kickstarter is about "funding" projects. https://archive.is/SbAHz)
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