Gamespot Stole Fan Video about Romero’s New Doom Level?

As you may or may not already know, Doom creator John Romero has released a new level for Doom.  Released 22 years after his last work on the game, it’s been shared on his Twitter feed and made available at the following link:

And very quickly, a video of the level went up on Youtube, by an account under the name of Ultraboy94fsr.  It’s a nice overview of the stage, which can be seen right here:

Unfortunately, it seems like Gamespot also watched this video, and hought it was pretty good.  So what did they do?

Oh, they just went and stole the video outright. Adding a few pop ups and a bit of commentary on top of it, they then posted their barely modified version to their own channel and treated it like they made it themselves.  Credit?  Hah, you must be joking.  There’s nothing in the description, nothing in the video… basically, they passed it off as their own work despite doing very little to the video and having absolutely no involvement in recording the level.

You can see it for yourself here:

You can also see the heavy backlash they’re getting as a result, the top fifty or so comments are all about how Gamespot are stealing people’s work and not giving any credit for the footage.

Either way, it’s pretty low, even for a gaming news site.  What do you think about Gamespot stealing someone’s Youtube video and not giving any credit for using it?


Gamespot uses Youtube user Ultraboy94fsr’s playthrough of new DOOM level without crediting him – Reddit


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4 years ago

Well that's disappointing no matter how small the fraction of the walkthrough section was. For those still on the fence put the video around minute 1:16 and start the gamespot one, you can synchronize both videos and see how they are the same footage. I don't know if they contacted the original or or they thought no one would notice but I am glad people found out quickly. Considering that they make money out of those videos. It is annoying to think they didn't even bother to credit him at all. All he needed was a quick mention of Ultraboy94fsr… Read more »

4 years ago

I wonder if someone in charge wanted this done or some employee stepped out of bounds on this one?