Just finished listening to Shane's bit from Gameface, apparently one of SIFTD's podcast. In it he discusses what happened, and i have to say: That is one unapologetic person, he seems more disappointed that SIFTD isn't getting credit for the "scoop" than for breaking the trust of CDPR. Now in the podcast he reveals that there was no NDA signed, other people saw him recording with his phone, CDPR people saw him recording and no one said a thing, so for him this was entirely a justifiable thing to do and he doesn't understand why no one else was doing it, saying that "...As a journalist, [this] is what he is trained to do." He states that as a journalist " You have to work to maximize the assets you are afforded, too create news or things that people want to read or watch" and seems blown away that no one else had "the foresight to do it." He states that CDPR sent him an email saying that they screwed up and the situation is partially their fault. He goes on to say that there's not much left of true journalism i.e. going out and finding a story and breaking that story to the public, most site's are handed pieces of news and told to break the story at this date. He points out specifically Kotaku and Waypoint as 2 sites that are still legitimately "breaking" stories."
Now, I am not a journalist and know very little about Journalism nor have i been to E3 so i am also unaware of how things work on that end however, This was a CLOSED DOOR session. I have to believe there is some unspoken rule here, CDPR obviously didn't want anything shared from this meeting otherwise they would have released the footage themselves. Shane states that "...[He] was never told he couldn't record anything" which ,okay, is an oversight from CDPR but still that's like saying "since no one said i can't touch ever item on the buffet, it's perfectly fine if i do." Maybe but still there's a social contract here that says "hey, maybe not do that." I'll leave the legality of this situation up to Hoeg (someone wanna toss this to his youtube?) but for myself this was a massive betrayal of trust and the fact the he doesn't get that, that he remains unapologetic about "Doing his job" is honestly a little sickening and strikes me as a little slimy for a journalist. Sorta like those Paparazzi outside a celebrities funeral trying to get pictures of grieving family members, their just doing their jobs but its also gross.
I'd wouldn't be surprised if, after this, CDPR starts having people empty their pockets or does start doing small NDA's before closed door sessions. At the very least I'd be willing to bet that publishers are gonna be a little wary of Shane and SIFTD. But he has made it clear that he doesn't care, he was in the right, the fact that his site didn't get credit for the "scoop" is criminal, and every other journalist who is giving him flak is just pathetic and jealous they didn't think to do it while he did.
Side-note: Maybe the fact that you were in a room with other journalist and you were the only one recording should have been a clue, Shane. Just, Maybe?
L and R, Allies