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Michael McWhertor & Uber Entertainment (KickStarter)

RobinGale May 12th, 2015 (edited) 324 Never
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  1. Subject: Michael McWhertor & Uber Entertainment (Planetary Annhilation)
  2. Sources: Kickstarter, Polygon.
  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 Planetary Annihilation by Uber Entertainment: https://archive.is/DlqtU
  10. Kickstarter funding period: Aug 15 2012 - Sep 14 2012 (30 days):        https://archive.is/3oU7G
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  12. 07.16.12 (Twitter): Accomplished the following today:
  13. Pre-order Mercenary Kings http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/322438897/mercenary-kings …
  14. Pre-order Planetary Annihilation http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/659943965/planetary    https://archive.is/xIHLn
  15. Fairly certain this tweet refers to backing both Mercenary Kings and Planetary Annhilation.
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  17. Articles with Potental Conflicts of Interest:
  18. 07.16.12: Planetary Annihilation promises Total Annihilation-inspired strategy, seeks Kickstarter funding (Polygon) https://archive.is/iIlKD
  19. 12.06.13: Planetary Annihilation no longer has a firm release date (Polygon) https://archive.is/WFDaA
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  21. Summary:
  22. Coverage of Planetary Annhilation while being a backer and after funding was successful. Note 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. There was disclosure in the form of a tweet, but none on the articles. Due to the fact he backed on the same day as the first article, I think that time period is too close to avoid disclosure if more than the minimum to recieve a game key was backed. (Kickstarter is about "funding" projects. https://archive.is/SbAHz)
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