Kotaku Editor-in-Chief Jim Sterling has died, the site announced Friday, in what Kotaku has said is a “personal and tragic” death.
“Jim was a wonderful and thoughtful person who will be missed dearly by the Kotaku community,” Kotaku said in a statement.
“As one of our dedicated staff members, Jim’s dedication to bringing you the best gaming content and coverage has been second to none.
We will forever be grateful for his service.”
Jim was 57.
“We lost a very talented colleague in Jim,” Kotak said.
“He will be greatly missed by the entire Kotaku family.”
Jim died Thursday in Las Vegas, according to a statement from the site.
He was known as the “GamerGate” editor who had been accused of sexually harassing women in the games industry.
In the statement, Kotaku added that “the community has come together to honor and honor Jim, and that is something that we are all deeply proud of.”
Jim started Kotaku in 1996 and was its editor-in in chief until 2011.
Kotaku previously named him editor-at-large in 2017.
The site’s parent company, Condé Nast, also said that Sterling had died.
“In the wake of the tragic passing of our beloved editor Jim Sterling, we are deeply saddened by the news of his death,” CondéNast CEO Kevin Kennedy said in the statement.
Condé is also the parent company of BuzzFeed, which he founded with the news site’s founder, Jonah Peretti.
“This news comes as a heavy shock to our entire family, friends and staff,” CondeNast said in an announcement.
“The world of gaming is an amazing and diverse place and we are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of one of the people who has made the industry better and made the gaming world a better place for everyone.”
Kotaku was founded by Peretti in 2004 and is run by a team of writers, editors and writers from around the world.
The company was one of BuzzFeed’s top 10 most-read sites for the fourth consecutive year in the US, according a recent analysis.
“I was lucky to have Jim,” Peretti told BuzzFeed News in 2015.
“And I am grateful to have been his friend and to have had him as a colleague and as a friend.”
He also wrote for Kotaku for about four years, and the company said that Peretti was known for his “courage and integrity.”
Jim worked at BuzzFeed and at Kotaku before he joined Condé.
In 2016, Jim said that he was “going to take some time off and not be around the company for a while.”
He said he was taking time off because he wanted to focus on his family and was not able to work full-time.
Jim’s death came on the heels of another suicide last week by an employee of BuzzFeed.
BuzzFeed’s parent Condé told The Verge that it was investigating the circumstances of the death.
BuzzFeed said it had received numerous tips that there was a possible connection between the two suicides.
BuzzFeed News reached out to BuzzFeed for comment, but did not immediately receive a response.
Jim was an editor at Kotak, where he had been working for the past 18 years.
Jim, who had worked at Kotac, said in 2014 that he and other Kotaku staffers were “under constant attack” for publishing articles critical of the gaming industry.
Jim worked for Kotac for almost a decade before leaving for a year-long stint at Condé, where Jim was co-founder and editor-general, in 2006.
Kotak announced his retirement in 2017, saying he was leaving to pursue other opportunities.
Jim left his job at Kotaco in 2017 to become the editor-for-hire at Conde Nast.
He became a Condé senior editor and editor in chief of Kotaku from 2015 to 2017, according with his LinkedIn profile.
The Condé biography said he had joined the company in 2007 as an intern.
Jim had written a number of articles for Kotak in the past, including a piece about Gamergate that Kotaku posted in May 2017.
Jim told Kotaku he had “been writing about Gamergate since 2013,” and that his article, “The Myth of Gamergate’s Victims,” was one he was working on when he started working at Kotake in 2010.
Jim also wrote a series of Kotak columns about GamerGate that Kotake published in 2016.
Kotake, a news outlet based in Seattle, has a large staff of writers and writers-at the company, as well as staff from other sites.
“Kotaku has always been about writing and journalism, and Jim was a writer, but he also was an amazing editor,” said Kotaku co-creator Adam Rosenberg.
“One of the things that I will miss most about him is that he would always be ready to help us write better content.
That is what made him such a good editor.” Kotake’s