IGN fires editor-in-chief - Report

Gaming site says it made the move after investigation into alleged misconduct

IGN has fired its editor-in-chief Steve Butts, according to a Kotaku report.

"IGN initiated an investigation into alleged misconduct involving Steve Butts," IGN general manager Mitch Galbraith told the site. "As a result of the investigation, the Company has appropriately determined to part ways with Mr. Butts."

The termination comes just two months after former IGN editor Kallie Plagge came forward with allegations that fellow former editor Vince Ingenito had sexually harassed her in the workplace and when she reported it to human resources, the site threatened to fire her if she didn't sign a document saying she had acted inappropriately. The IGN content team released a statement at the time saying they held a "difficult but ultimately productive" two-hour meeting voicing concerns with both management and human resources, and pledged that dramatic improvements would be made.

According to Kotaku, that was one of several meetings IGN staffers held after Plagge's allegations. During one of those meetings, a person accused Butts of harassment. IGN then began its investigation into that allegation, while Butts began working from home.

Butts had been the site's editor-in-chief since 2013. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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