The writer accused of plagiarizing a game review has been fired from IGN.
Filip Miucin, formerly the IGN Nintendo editor, was accused yesterday of plagiarizing his review of Dead Cells by YouTube channel Boomstick Gaming, which offered an exhaustive side-by-side comparison video of their and Miucin’s reviews of the game. The announcement of Miucin’s dismissal came via Twitter shortly after 7 p.m., about 24 hours after Boomstick Gaming’s comparison video went live.
The Boomstick Gaming Dead Cells review was originally posted July 24, while the IGN review was uploaded on Aug. 6. While IGN did eventually take the Miucin review off their site, a Google search indicated it had been live on IGN for at least 13 hours.
“After taking the time to investigate, we’ve determined that there were substantial similarities between a review posted weeks earlier and our review that could not be justified and warranted taking down,” the Twitter announcement from IGN reads.
The statement goes on to confirm that Miucin has been dismissed by IGN and that Dead Cells will be reviewed again later this week. “Though our Dead Cells reviewer played the game and came away with glowing opinions of it–as did many of our other staff members–the review itself was simply not acceptable.”
Miucin has not responded to the IGN statement as of this posting. His Twitter page has been silent, with its last post from Aug. 6 promoting his Dead Cells review. In the post before that, from Aug. 4, Miucin notes that “it’s the first IGN video review I’ve edited myself, and I can’t wait to share it with you all.”
Update: In an update on news of the firing, gaming site Kotaku has posted, via a tipster, excerpts from an Oct. 1, 2017 video review of Fifa 18 for Switch by Miucin that the tipster contends match a bit too close to the NintendoLife review of the same game from a couple days earlier.